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For the fifth year in a row, the Mediterranean diet was named the world’s best diet to follow. This is according to the US News & World Report.

A panel of 27 experts examined 40 diets and ranked them on several categories: How easy is the diet to follow; how likely is a person to lose significant weight, both in the short and long terms; how effective the diet is in preventing cardiovascular disease or diabetes; and the diet’s nutritional completeness, reports CNN.

The Mediterranean diet revolves mainly around plant-based cooking with most meals focusing on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, breads, seeds and nuts. Olive oil is used liberally while sugar and refined foods are only reserved for special occasions.

Eating fish is encouraged while red meat is used sparingly. Eggs, dairy and poultry aren’t discouraged, but they’re not eaten regularly.

The DASH diet was named the second-best option to follow as it stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension and emphasizes less salt intake.

The flexitarian diet came in third place. The diet is mostly vegetarian with room for a burger every now and again.

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