As millions of Americans strive to make the New Year healthier, U.S. News & World Report released its annual assessment of the year’s Best Diets. The DASH Diet, developed in part by Pennington Biomedical Research Center dietitians, ranked as a top diet in multiple categories, including:
-Best Diets for Healthy Eating (No. 1)
-Best Heart-Healthy Diets (No. 1)
-Best Diets Overall (No. 2)
-Best Diets for Diabetes (No. 3)
-Easiest Diets to Follow (No. 5)
“The threat of COVID-19 made Americans and the entire world more health-conscious and shone a light on one of the best ways to improve your health: the proper diet,” said Catherine Champagne, PhD, professor and director of Pennington Biomedical’s Dietary Assessment and Nutrition Counseling Laboratory. “U.S. News’ latest rankings demonstrate once again why the DASH Diet is such a good choice. It is the top-ranked diet for healthy eating and heart health. It helps people with diabetes. One of the biggest advantages the DASH Diet offers is that it’s easy to follow and works for everyone in the family.”
Champagne worked as a member of the DASH Diet Collaborative Research Group that included members from Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Duke Hypertension Center and the Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center; and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. DASH is short for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.
The DASH Diet encourages eating foods low in sodium, saturated and total fat, and cholesterol, and high in potassium, calcium, fiber, magnesium, and protein.