Best Diets for Healthy Eating

The last thing you want from a diet is a risk to your health. Any diet should provide sufficient calories and not fall seriously short on important nutrients or entire food groups. The Best Diets for Healthy Eating rankings weigh nutritional completeness and safety, with particular emphasis on safety, based on ratings in those categories of 5 (best) to 1 (worst) by a panel of experts. (See how we did it.) Of the 32 popular diet programs ranked by U.S. News, the government-endorsed Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) plan stood at the top of the Healthy Eating list.



(2.1 out of 5.0)

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Way too much fat and too few carbs in the view of the experts, who questioned whether dieters can build a nutritious and safe diet with the severe restrictions imposed on veggies, whole grains, and fruits. Absent long-term safety data that might indicate otherwise, the panel put Atkins at the bottom of the pack.

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Raw Food Diet

(2.1 out of 5.0)

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Because the food diet could come up short in calories, calcium, and vitamins B-12 and D, just a handful of experts scored it higher than 2 for nutritional completeness. As for safety, the experts felt the risk of food poisoning from contaminated raw or undercooked ingredients was real.

How the Raw Food Diet works

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Best Diets Rankings

Best Diets Overall
Diets ranked by across-the-board effectiveness.

Best Weight-Loss Diets
Diets ranked by effectiveness for both quick and lasting weight loss.

Best Diabetes Diets
Diets that can prevent diabetes or help diabetics.

Best Heart-Healthy Diets
Diets that lower cholesterol, blood pressure or triglycerides.

Best Commercial Diet Plans
Brand-name diets ranked by overall effectiveness.

Easiest Diets to Follow
Diets ranked on whether they're a snap to stick to.

Best Plant-Based Diets
Plant-based diets ranked by overall effectiveness.

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