U.S. News and World Report recently evaluated popular diets to determine the best eating plan to support overall health, including fertility. The winner, and still champion, is the heart-healthy DASH diet.
For the magazine’s 2016 “Best Diets” rankings, a panel of experts ranked 38 of the most popular or trendy diets for short-term and long-term weight loss. They also considered how easy each diet was to follow, as well as the safety and nutritional value of each.
After ranking them in nine categories, the experts found the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet scored highest when it came to healthy eating, followed by the TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet. The Mediterranean and the MIND (Mediterranean–DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay) diet tied for third place in this category. The MIND diet tied for second place for best overall diet with the cholesterol-lowering TLC diet.
The Fertility diet, which calls for the elimination of trans fats, also ranked as the best diet for diabetes, the report revealed. The Biggest Loser diet and the DASH diet came in second and third, respectively, in the diabetes category.
The DASH diet was designed to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels by limiting fats, red meat and sugar in favor of healthy grains, poultry, low-fat dairy and nuts, says the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
At the bottom of the list, the Whole30 diet—a 30-day program that bans processed foods, legumes, grains, dairy, alcohol and added sugar—ranked as the worst overall diet on the list, the new report said. The Raw Food diet and low-carb Atkins diet also scored poorly overall and ranked low in categories such as “Best Diets for Healthy Eating.”
To read more about the rankings, go to the U.S. News and World Report web page.