List of the Best Diets for 2022 according to US News & Word Report

As usual with the entry of the new year, the American magazine US News & Word Report has published his list of the best diets for the year in progress. This classification has been developed by nutritionists, doctors and other health and nutrition experts from a methodical review and evaluation of each of the most popular diets, which are classified into different categories. Let us remember that for a diet to obtain an optimal rating it must meet criteria such as that it is easy to follow, that it is safe, nutritious, healthy, capable of preventing different diseases and effective in maintaining body weight.

This publication is intended to help American citizens choose a diet that meets their lifestyle, health needs and requirements, among other things. On this occasion, 40 diets have been reviewed and the experts once again position the Mediterranean Diet as Best Overall Diet, for which there are already three consecutive years in which it is classified as the most recommended option.

Experts emphasize that it is a diet that offers many health benefits, reduces the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases, contributes to weight control, etc. They emphasize that the diet is low in red meat, sugars and saturated fats, and contemplates a high consumption of foods beneficial to health such as vegetables, fruits, legumes and nuts, among others. The score given to the Mediterranean Diet by the panel of experts is 4.2 out of 5.

In second place, the The DASH diet With a score of 4 out of 5, the panel of experts comments that this diet, promoted by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, is balanced and prevents diseases such as hypertension. Foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products predominate, which are rich in potassium, calcium, protein and fiber, and contribute to the reduction of blood pressure.

With the same score as the DASH Diet (4 out of 5) the Flexitariana Diet, which also repeats its position for the third consecutive year. Experts comment that its name comes from the union of two words, flexible and vegetarian, that is, plant foods predominate and meat is not completely eliminated to obtain the health benefits associated with vegetarianism. It is an easy diet to follow for many people and it is a more sustainable option than other more strict diets, it can reduce weight and improve overall health.

Classification of diets in the United States

Fourth place is for the Dieta MIND, which also repeats its position with a score of 3.8 out of 5. The panel of experts comments that it is a hybrid diet that arose from the combination of the Mediterranean Diet and the DASH Diet. It is an eating plan that focuses especially on brain health, reduces the risk of mental decline, and although there is no sure way to prevent diseases such as Alzheimer’s, some studies have concluded that it reduces the risk of suffering by up to 53%. disease in people who follow it rigorously. They highlight healthy and basic foods such as vegetables, nuts and berries, which can reduce the risk of developing a progressive brain disorder.

Climbing one position with respect to last year’s ranking, the Mayo Clinic Diet, with a score of 3.7 out of 5 (but there are three more diets that have been classified in that position). Experts comment that weight loss and a healthier lifestyle go hand in hand if this eating plan is followed, it is a diet that emphasizes foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, so it is effective in the prevention of diabetes. The panel assures that the nutritional pyramid of the Mayo Clinic helps to recalibrate eating habits, replacing the bad ones with the good ones.

Sharing the fifth position, the TLC diet (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) with a score of 3.7 out of 5. It is a diet created by the National Institutes of Health with the purpose of reducing bad cholesterol in the blood, as part of a healthy eating plan to promote health cardiovascular. It favors weight loss and helps to counteract fatty liver, it is a diet where vegetables, fruits, pasta, lean meat, etc. predominate, and its broad guidelines allow a lot of freedom in what is eaten.

Also in fifth place is the volumetric diet with a score of 3.7 out of 5. This diet is based on the energy density of food and consistent food choices to combat hunger. It focuses on weight loss and the intake of foods with reduced caloric density, but that can satisfy, foods are divided into four groups: very low caloric density, low density, medium density and high density, the intake of the first two categories and the food intake of the last two categories is minimized.

The last diet that has tied with the previous ones is the Dieta Weight Watchers which also gets a score of 3.7 out of 5. The expert panel comments that although this eating plan is followed to lose weight, it also focuses on inspiring a healthy lifestyle and improving overall well-being. She takes a holistic approach to help those who follow her eat healthier and move more, with an app support program and expert-led workshops. It should be noted that, as a novelty, its points system has been updated to account for added sugar, unsaturated fats and fiber, in addition to other nutrients, perhaps for this reason it has risen in the ranking.

Studies on the Nordic diet

In ninth place the Vegetarian diet with a score of 3’6 out of 5. The experts comment that there are different variants of vegetarian diets, but the one that is followed the most is the one with a lacto-ovo approach, that is, meat, fish and poultry are eliminated diet, but the intake of eggs and dairy products is allowed. It is a heart healthy diet if you plan well and emphasize that it can be a bit difficult to follow this eating plan.

The tenth position is shared by two diets, the Nordic diet and the Ornish Diet, which obtain a score of 3.5 out of 5. The first stands out for incorporating aspects of Scandinavian tradition and culture. His approach is to return to relaxed meals with friends and family, meals where local and seasonal foods predominate, highlighting the concern for protecting the environment. The consumption of fruit, vegetables and cereals predominates, the consumption of seafood is recommended, eating little meat, avoiding food additives, etc., in fact, a similarity of the Nordic Diet with the Mediterranean Diet can be observed.

On Dieta Ornish It stands out that it is low in fat, refined carbohydrates and animal proteins. Foods are classified into five groups and each one is assigned its healthy character and frequency of consumption. It is based on the consumption of whole foods and vegetables, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes, minimally processed products and low in fat, sugar and refined carbohydrates. But it is not just about a diet, it also emphasizes physical exercise, stress management and helping the environment to improve overall health in a positive way.

Here you can know the complete list with the 40 diets and to know what the panel of experts says of each one, it is worth noting that perhaps the approaches are not shared and it is very likely that there will be discrepancies, something that depends on who does the analysis. We are still waiting for the information of the experts who participated in the analysis of the diets to be released, something necessary to know if any of the experts have a conflict of interest, which could affect the ranking of diets.

But, as we have commented on other occasions, take this simply as one more piece of information, each person is different and has different needs, so the best thing is consult an expert when following a diet that perfectly adapts to the demands and needs of each one. And if you do not have special needs, it is best to follow the Mediterranean Diet, now, it is convenient to know it and not be guided by what they say out there, look for a good source of information to do it correctly, we we are responsible for what we eat.

Photo 1 | Burrata with roasted tomatoes and pickled aubergine
Photo 2 | Gnocchi with artichokes and dried tomatoes

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