Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Mediterranean Diet


US News Media Group, publisher of usnews. com and the annual Best Hospitals rankings, questioned 22 renowned experts in heart disease, diabetes, diet and exercise to review 20 diet plans. The method of evaluating the diet plans included a rating scale measuring effectiveness, ease of compliance, nutritional completeness and health risks on a five-point scale.
The review of the diet plan did not include exercise and physical activity and the cost. The review ranked Ornish Diet first for heart health as it involves low-fat, high fiber, vegetarian food. It also rejuvenates mind and body with the help of exercise, yoga and meditation.
Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) Diet was ranked at second place whereas DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet was at third place. These two diet plans have originated from the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and involves the application of scientific findings to improve heart and overall health.
The DASH Diet was ranked first in the category of best diabetes diet while, Mayo Clinic Diet, the Ornish Diet and the Vegan Diet shared the second ranking.
The review honored DASH Diet and the Mediterranean Diet with the prize for best overall diet, while TLC Diet and Weight Watchers were ranked second.

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