MIND diet ranked among top five for 2018

The DASH involves eating vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean proteins.

Among the best diets specifically for weight loss are the Weight Watchers, Volumetrics and Jenny Craig diet plans.

The super-diet that was originally created to lower blood pressure has proved effective for weight loss, lowering cholesterol and preventing diabetes. The DASH diet tied for the top spot.

Two diets are new to the list this year.

"They also are backed up by an extensive amount of research to support their significant impact on heart health".

The Mediterranean Diet gets its name from the region where this well-balanced pattern of eating was inspired.

So just what do those diets consist of?

The MIND diet has 15 dietary components, including 10 "brain-healthy food groups" and five unhealthy groups -; red meat, butter and stick margarine, cheese, pastries and candies, and fried or fast food.

The other diet new to the U.S. News ranking is the Nutritarian Diet, which is ranked No. 15 in the Best Diets Overall category. "You might not see it as quickly but you are setting yourself up for longer, more healthy success when you do choose that sound plan". "The best diets are the ones that focus on balance and variety".

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, and along with lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, it's associated with lowering the risk of several types of cancer, heart disease, stroke, heart failure, kidney stones, reduced risk of developing diabetes and slowing the progression of kidney disease.

The DASH diet retained its eighth consecutive spot atop the year's latest U.S. News and World Report list of best diets.

Some popular "diets of the moment" ranked poorly on the U.S. News list.

You may have noticed the aforementioned diets don't include some more popular ones, such as the Keto diet or the Paleo diet. Like the DASH diet, it's high in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, along with healthy fats found in fish, olive oil, and nuts.

The Atkins diet, South Beach diet and Weight Watchers. The Healthy Greek Cookbook: "Modern Mediterranean Recipes for Living the Good Life", about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, which she said is easy to follow, even for busy families. The diet focuses on "10 brain-healthy food groups: green leafy vegetables in particular, all other vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine", according to U.S. News and World Report. The points are higher for foods high in saturated fats and sugars, and lower for foods with high levels of protein. Among the diet's requirements is eating three servings of whole grains, a salad and another vegetable daily, as well as a single glass of wine if desired. The diet limits daily cholesterol intake while pushing more foods with fiber in order to help dieters manage high cholesterol without medication, according to U.S. News and World Report. The diet, promoted by Penn State University nutrition professor Barbara Rolls, teaches you to, "decipher a food's energy density, cut the energy density of your meals and make choices that fight hunger", the magazine reports.

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