Just in time for the holiday season and upcoming New Year’s resolutions to eat well and lose weight, US News and World Report released its rankings of popular diets in a quest to find the best diet overall. Drawing on the expertise of dieticians, public health experts and nutrition faculty from across the United States, the report ranked diets based on characteristics like overall safety, appropriateness for those with diabetes and heart disease, nutrient composition, cost and likelihood of long-term compliance. The winners? The D.A.S.H. diet ranked first, scoring well in overall safety and nutrition and earning points for its focus on fruits and vegetables while minimizing salt and saturated fats. Similar to the D.A.S.H. diet, the TLC diet came in second and received kudos for providing calcium and fiber. At the opposite end, the Atkins Diet came in last, with experts citing concerns about building a complete diet that would provide adequate nutrients while restricting veggies, fruits and whole grains. Next to last, the Raw Foods diet brought concerns about shortages in calcium, vitamin D, calories and many other nutrients, as well as fears about the increased likelihood of food-borne illness from consuming raw foods.
Want to learn more? Read the full report at US News.