Published: Wed, January 09, 2019
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The best overall diets for 2019

The best overall diets for 2019

A plant-based diet that encourages eating like the Vikings did has made it for the first time onto the U.S. News and World Report's annual diet rankings. The diet has always been linked to many health benefits, including lower risks of cancer and heart disease, better kidney health and a healthier gut. Last year's ranking showed the Mediterranean diet tied with the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet (also known as DASH), the government-backed plan that emphasizes foods low in sodium but rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium - all of which help lower blood pressure.

The Nordic diet, focused on vegetables, whole grains, fatty fish and berries, is tied for third place in the best plant-based diets on U.S. News and World Report's newly-released list of best diets for 2019.

Judges voted on 41 diets and ranked them in nine categories, including Best for Weight Loss and Easiest to Follow.

The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet was created to help manage blood pressure, but experts say it has many overall health benefits, helping it nab the number 2 spot on the best overall diets list.

Red meat and sugary foods are very limited, but adding red wine is alright in moderation. "The diet also recommends eating fish at least twice a week and there's a lot of packaged fish like salmon that are easy to cook and eat".


Unlike some other diets, the Mediterranean diet allows adherents to drink wine.

The eating plan features a wide variety of options, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, poultry, and fish.

A 2018 study found the DASH diet can reduce the risk of depression later in life. Although created to help people lose weight, experts say its focus on healthier living makes it a smart overall diet to follow.

WW's Freestyle program applies points values to foods, with higher points for foods high in saturated fats and sugars, and lower points for foods with high levels of protein.

A number of popular diets, including the keto diet, Dukan diet, and the Whole30 diet received some of the lowest rankings on U.S. News' list. The plan also involves in-person meetings or online chats created to support those in the program and keep them accountable.

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