DASH Diet Called Best Overall by U.S. News and World Report
Diet emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins
The DASH diet emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins (PHOTO: GETTY IMAGES / January 4, 2012)
The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet took the number one spot as the Best Overall Diet in the U.S. News and World Report's Best Diets 2012.
The DASH diet also took top ranking as the best diet for healthy eating and the best diabetes diet (tied with the Biggest Loser diet). The DASH diet may also help lower cholesterol, because it's big on whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean proteins.
A 2008 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that among 88,517 women followed for 24 years, the DASH diet was associated with a lower risk of coronary heart disease and stroke in middle age.
Weight Watchers ranked high as well, voted best weight-loss diet, best commercial diet plan and easiest diet to follow. The Ornish diet, which groups foods from most healthful (fresh fruits and vegetables, vegetarian protein sources) to least healthful (cakes, cookies, bacon, sausage) , ranked first in best heart-healthy diets.
Also on various lists were the Mediterranean diet (ranked fourth in heart-healthy diets), the Mayo Clinic diet (ranked third among best diabetes diets) and Jenny Craig (ranked second among best commercial diet plans).