BAKERSFIELD, CA. — U.S. News released a report on the best diets of 2020.
The report ranks 35 diets with the qualifications that the diet had to be easy to follow, nutritious and safe, effective for weight loss and protect against diabetes and heart disease.
The top three diets include the Meditteranean diet, the DASH diet, and the Flexiterian diet.
“The Mediterranean is the first one I typically go to its easy and its healthy and people can adopt it quickly without being overwhelmed with big change," said Cheryl Garone, Dignity Health dietician.
The diet focuses on nuts, whole grains, and olive oil in its meals.
“And that approach has a high antioxidant phytochemical vitamins and minerals in it that is so great for everybody's body," said Garone.
The ideal patient for this diet is someone looking for cardiovascular health.
“Its limiting in the red meats and for some people that have a nut seafood or fish allergy that is not an ideal plan for them," said Garone.
The DASH diet, which stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension, caps sodium at 2,300 milligrams per day.
“It is a high fruit and vegetable content with low sodium and it also mentions which I really appreciate.. Alcohol,” said Garone.
“The dash diet the one I get alot is because its so low in sodium the flavor is a big hindrance for some patients”
The ideal patient for this diet is someone with a history of high blood pressure.
The Flexitarian diet is a fairly new diet that allows for 50% of your plate to have fruit and the other 50% to have lean meats and whole grains.
“With some vegetarian diets there is concern for anemia because taking away all proteins doesnt allow for iron but this one does on some occasions," said Garone.
This diet is ideal for someone looking to lower their risk of heart disease.