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Once Again DASH Diet Ranked Best Overall

Update Date: Jan 07, 2014 10:58 AM EST

If staying fit and eating healthy diet was one of your resolution for this year, here is a news that will make it easier to make choices.

The new annual “best diets” list is out from the U.S. News & World Report and once again the DASH or Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension diet has been ranked the best diet overall. The diet has been originally developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to prevent high blood pressure.

The diet stresses eating less salts, more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

The DASH diet also took the top spot for the best diabetes diet and is considered best for healthy eating.

Omish diet, the one which also follows low-fat approach similar to DASH diet took the best spot in heart health. The Mediterranean diet that emphasizes on eating more fruits, grains, vegetables, olive oil and other healthy foods was ranked best plant-based diet.

"The diets topping the charts focus on health, nutritional needs, and palatability  factors that are essential to maintaining eating plans that will meet individual needs," said Connie Diekman, RD, director of university nutrition for Washington University in St. Louis, according to WebMD. She reviewed the findings and later approved it without getting involved in the report.

The diets were rated by experts for short-term and long-term weight loss and how easy they were to follow. They also considered how well each diet can be effective in preventing and controlling diabetes and heart diseases.

However, experts did not take account of cost factor for ranking.

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