The nation’s best overall diets for 2013, according to U.S. News & World Report, are the DASH diet, the TLC diet, and the Mayo Clinic diet. The magazine enlisted the help of 22 experts to make their choices, including two from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)—Teresa Fung, adjunct professor of nutrition; and JoAnn Manson, professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Michael and Lee Bell Professor of Women’s Health at Harvard Medical School, and chief of the division of preventive medicine and co-director of the Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
DASH—which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension—aims to prevent and lower high blood pressure, and has won the top spot in the U.S. News rankings for the two past years. TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes Diet) is endorsed by the American Heart Association as a hearty-healthy regimen. Both DASH and TLC were developed by the National Institutes of Health. The Mayo Clinic Diet focuses on making healthy eating a lifelong habit.
U.S. News also ranked diets in other categories, including best weight-loss diet (Weight Watchers), best heart-healthy diet (Ornish), best plant-based diet (Mediterranean), and more.