For yet another year, the Mediterranean Diet leads the list of the best diets for 2021 produced by US News & World Report magazine , which has classified 39 eating patterns at various levels, from heart health to the likelihood that they help you lose weight , through the contributions of a panel of experts in health matters.
These experts in diet, nutrition, obesity, food psychology, diabetes, and heart disease reviewed the profiles, added their own research, and rated each diet in seven categories: whether it is easy to follow, its ability to produce short-term and long-term results in the weight loss, its nutritional integrity, its safety, and its potential to prevent and control diabetes and heart disease. They were also asked to specify the aspects of each diet that they liked or disliked in particular and to offer their opinion with some advice on what should be known about each of them.
As this publication has highlighted, with a score of 4.2 out of 5, the secret of the Mediterranean Diet is an active lifestyle, with weight control and a diet low in red meat, sugar and saturated fat and high in products such as fruits and vegetables, nuts and other healthy foods. In his view, this eating pattern may offer a number of health benefits, including weight loss, heart and brain health, cancer prevention, and diabetes prevention and control. By following the Mediterranean Diet, you can also maintain weight and avoid chronic diseases.
For the Fundación Dieta Mediterránea, this food pattern represents a valuable cultural heritage, which, based on simplicity and variety, has resulted in a balanced and complete combination of foods, based on fresh, local and seasonal products to the extent of the possible.
Among these foods, the use of virgin and extra virgin olive oil as the main source of fat stands out. And there are many benefits of this product and its components. Thus, EVOOs reduce blood pressure, have antisclerotic and anti-inflammatory effects, and help prevent cardiovascular diseases. Its regular consumption can also reduce the risk of developing some types of cancers and, on an environmental level, helps to take care of the planet in its production process.