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DASH Diet Named “Best Overall” in New Rankings

It's endorsed by the government, too.

It’s endorsed by the government, too.

Written by: Cielestia Calbay

And the award goes to…the DASH diet!

The eating approach recommended by physicians to lower blood pressure in two weeks has been deemed the “Best Diet Overall” by the U.S. News & World Report. The government-endorsed diet, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, was chosen by the magazine’s team of 22 diet and nutrition experts for its easy-to-follow plan and its ability to protect against heart disease and diabetes.

The Mediterranean Diet, the TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet and Weight Watchers all tied for second place in the category.

Also named “Best Diabetes Diet,” the DASH Diet, emphasizes hearty portions of fruits, vegetables and grains, moderate servings of low- or non-fat dairy products, and small servings of meat, poultry and fish.

The survey covered eight categories: short-term weight loss, long-term weight loss, ease of use, nutritional completeness, safety, ability to prevent or manage diabetes and ability to prevent or manage heart disease.

Other top rankings include:

Best Weight Loss Diet and Best Commercial Diet Plan

Weight Watchers

Best Heart-Healthy Diet and Best Low-Fat Diet

The Ornish Diet, which emphasizes fruit, vegetables and whole grains and limits fat, animal products and calories.

Best Low-Carb Diet

The Atkins Diet which emphasizes eating fewer refined carbohydrates and sugars and more protein

Best Low Calorie Diet

The Medifast Diet, a meal replacement program formulated with low-fat protein and fiber.

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