For the sixth straight year, the Mediterranean diet has been ranked as the best overall diet for health and wellbeing, according to U.S. News & World Report.
Concerns about healthy aging came into play this time, the magazine said – including bone and joint health, and increasing quality of life.
The phrase “Mediterranean diet” has been around for a while now, and it’s based in the eating habits of the countries around the Mediterranean Sea, including Greece and Italy. It features simple, plant-based cooking, a lot of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and extra-virgin olive oil.
It encourages consumption of fish packed with omega-3 fatty acids, while calling for less chicken and dairy than the usual Western diet Americans favor. Red meat is used very little.
Various studies have said it helps lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, dementia, depression, and breast cancer. It has been linked to better bones and heart health, as well as longevity.
And, since it’s more of a style than a “don’t eat this” diet, the Mediterranean approach offers is easy for many to follow.
Which diet landed at the bottom? The “raw foods” diet, which was cited as having a lack of nutritional completeness and being difficult to follow.
The report ranks 24 eating plans in various categories, such as best “family friendly” diet. Be sure to scroll through the list to learn more about healthy eating options for you.