U.S. News has rated the top 25 diets in the nation for 2012, and, just as in 2011, the DASH Diet was named to the top spot. U.S. News derived its rankings through evaluation with input from a panel of health experts.
The DASH Diet was developed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health with the goal of lowering blood pressure without medication. While challenges to the DASH Diet included "lots of grunt work" and that it is "somewhat pricey," it was given high marks for what matters most: being nutritionally sound and heart healthy. DASH is also characterized by U.S. news as being "generally viewed as an ideal eating pattern for both" prevention and control of diabetes.
Rounding out the top 10, in order, were (2) the TLC Diet; (3--Tie) Weight Watchers; (3--Tie) Mayo Clinic Diet; (3--Tie) Mediterranean Diet; (6) Volumetrics Diet; (7) Jenny Craig Diet; (8--Tie) Biggest Loser Diet; (8--Tie) Ornish Diet; and (10) Vegetarian Diet.
Coming in at tied for dead last of those evaluated were the very popular Paleo Diet and the trendy Dukan Diet. The Dukan Diet was characterized as being too rule-heavy and restrictive, and its benefits to cardiovascular health and diabetes control were unclear. Of Paleo, U.S. news said that its experts "took issue with the diet on every measure."
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