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This Is Why The Mediterranean Diet Is Already 2019's Best Way To Eat

Gretchen Lidicker, M.S.
mbg Health Contributor
By Gretchen Lidicker, M.S.
mbg Health Contributor
Gretchen Lidicker earned her master’s degree in physiology with a focus on alternative medicine from Georgetown University. She is the author of “CBD Oil Everyday Secrets” and “Magnesium Everyday Secrets.”
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January 3, 2019

If you've ever been confused about what to eat, you're definitely not alone. The world is teeming with nutrition information and diets that claim to help you live your healthiest life possible.

But what eating plan is actually the healthiest? It's hard to know for sure, but recently, a panel of health experts debated the topic for U.S. News and ranked 41 different diets. What they found is that there's one that stands out above the rest for being easy to follow, safe, nutritious, effective for weight loss, and great for preventing lifestyle-related diseases like heart disease and diabetes.

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It's the Mediterranean diet—with a score of 4.2 out of 5 possible points—which probably doesn't come as a surprise to the nutrition-savvy among us. The Mediterranean diet has been praised for its health benefits for decades. It consists of plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, healthy fats like those found in olive oil and fatty fish like salmon and sardines, and nuts and seeds.

What's interesting about the Mediterranean diet is that it embodies what so many other beneficial diets have in common; it's all about real foods that are not processed or refined, healthy fats that fight inflammation, and fresh produce.

Indeed, well-known diets like the Mayo Clinic diet, the DASH diet, the anti-inflammatory diet, the macrobiotic diet, and the ketogenic diet were also on the list—but none of them beat the Mediterranean diet for sensibility and effectiveness. In other words, this way of eating is great for fighting inflammation and chronic disease and keeping blood sugar balanced, but it doesn't force you to reinvent the wheel.

Dr. David L. Katz, founding director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center, praised the diet by saying "It's a really nice example of the potential to love food that loves you back." 

And so, if you're looking to make healthy changes to your diet in 2019, it would be wise to use the Mediterranean diet as inspiration, or even follow it exactly. Some of the world's top experts in nutrition and public health think that when it comes to the food philosophy of the Mediterranean region, you really can't go wrong.

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Gretchen Lidicker, M.S.
Gretchen Lidicker, M.S.
mbg Health Contributor

Gretchen Lidicker has a B.S. in biology and earned her master’s degree in physiology with a concentration in complementary and alternative medicine from Georgetown University. She's the author of CBD Oil Everyday Secrets: A Lifestyle Guide to Hemp-Derived Health and Wellness and Magnesium Everyday Secrets: A Lifestyle Guide to Epsom Salts, Magnesium Oil, and Nature's Relaxation Mineral. A Kripalu Center for Yoga and Ayurveda-trained yoga instructor, expert bread baker, and farmers market fanatic, she believes that no day is complete without a good dance party.