The rankings are out… Here’s a look at the best diet for 2021…
Fad diets abound in the health sphere, but the diets with staying power are those that deliver results and are easy to stick to over time. One of the most popular diets that consistently remains at the top of the list is the Mediterranean Diet. For the fourth year in a row, the Mediterranean diet was ranked the best diet overall for 2021 by U.S. News & World Report.
If you’re not familiar with the Mediterranean diet, this eating style features plenty of fruits and vegetables, along with whole grains, nuts and legumes, and extra-virgin olive oil, along with moderate amounts of dairy products, fish and other meats, and red wine, and low intake of eggs and sweets. This diet gets the best diet ranking overall because it is so easy to follow due to its flexibility and wide range of acceptable foods, and is also very helpful for losing weight. It is also ranked highly in the best diets for heart-health and diabetes.
The U.S. News & World Report rankings are compiled by a panel of nutritional specialists in the fields of diabetes, cardiovascular health, and weight loss. Diets are ranked in 7 areas, including ease of use, chances of losing weight, and effectiveness in helping to prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes, among others. You can find the full list of ranked diets for 2021 here.
Here are just a few of the benefits that have been attributed to following a Mediterranean diet, along with some links for further information:
Mediterranean diet linked to lower inflammation in older adults
The Mediterranean diet was associated with lower inflammation in older adults, a recent analysis showed. Read more.
Cognitive performance improves with Mediterranean diet in longer-duration type 2 diabetes
Adhering to a Mediterranean diet was associated with better verbal memory among adults with type 2 diabetes for at least 5 years, according to a cross-sectional analysis published in Nutrition and Diabetes. Read more.
Mediterranean diet may be ‘healthy food model’ to prevent thyroid autoimmune disorders
A cohort of euthyroid individuals with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis were more likely to eat meat and less likely to adhere to a Mediterranean diet than healthy controls, according to findings published in Thyroid. Read more.
Mediterranean diet linked with lower risk for late-onset Crohn’s
Individuals who adhere to a Mediterranean diet are at lower risk for developing Crohn’s disease later in life, according to study results. Read more.
Mediterranean diet reduces risk for gestational diabetes, maternal weight gain
Pregnant women who consumed a Mediterranean-style diet had a lower risk for gestational diabetes and reported less weight gain, according to findings published in PLoS One. Read more.
Mediterranean diet may protect against late-life depression
Data presented at an American Psychiatric Association annual meeting suggest that adhering to a Mediterranean diet may protect against the development of depressive symptoms in older age. Read more.