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Mediterranean diet tops again in 2024, raw diet ranks last

Mediterranean diet tops again in 2024, raw diet ranks last Mediterranean diet tops again in 2024 (freepik.com)

For the seventh year in a row, the Mediterranean way of eating was named the best overall diet by U.S. News & World Report ratings, while the raw food diet has last place, according to CNN.

Number one diet

This diet also ranked first in being the easiest to follow, family-friendly, healthy, and suitable for diabetes, bone, joint, and heart health.

The Mediterranean diet involves simple, plant-based cooking with a focus on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, seeds, nuts, and extra-virgin olive oil.

Mediterranean diet tops again in 2024, raw diet ranks last

Mediterranean diet tops again in 2024 (freepik.com)

Fats like butter are not used much, with sugar and processed foods on special occasions. Red meat is added just a little bit. It's better to eat good, oily fish with omega-3 fatty acids. It also includes smaller amounts of eggs, dairy, and poultry compared to the typical Western diet.

Mediterranean diet tops again in 2024, raw diet ranks last

Mediterranean diet tops again in 2024 (pixabay.com)

Studies have shown that this eating style can reduce the risk of various health issues like diabetes, high cholesterol, dementia, depression, and breast cancer while promoting stronger bones, a healthier heart, and a longer life. Besides, it encourages social interactions during meals and regular exercise.

Last ranked diets

In contrast, the raw food diet, which suggests eating uncooked and unprocessed foods, “cooked, processed, microwaved, irradiated, genetically engineered or exposed to pesticides or herbicides,” ranked last among the 30 best overall diets. Despite its somewhat health benefits, experts caution that it may be overly restrictive and unsafe for some people.

The keto diet, known for rapid weight loss, ranked 25th overall but claimed the top spot in the best fast weight-loss category. However, experts advise against its long-term use due to potential health risks, especially for individuals with specific medical conditions.

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