Mediterranean diet ranked best eating plan for 5th year in a row
The Mediterranean diet has been ranked the best eating plan for the fifth year in a row, according to an annual ranking by U.S. News and World Report.
The Mediterranean diet is an eating pattern that emulates how people in the Mediterranean region have traditionally eaten.
The diet emphasizes eating fruits, veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, olive oil and flavorful herbs and spices; fish and seafood at least a couple of times a week; and poultry, eggs, cheese and yogurt in moderation.
It was named best diet overall for 2022 for the fifth straight year, as well as best diet for healthy eating, easiest diet to follow, best heart-healthy diet, best plant-based diet and best diet for diabetes.
"There's no real surprise why that is," Gretel Schueller, managing editor of U.S. News and World Report, told "Good Morning America." "It's healthy. It's delicious. It's nutritious, and it's really easy to follow."
Overall, the diets that ranked in the top five of this year's list -- Mediterranean, DASH, Flexitarian, MIND, TLC, Mayo Clinic, WW and Volumetrics -- have consistently ranked near the top of U.S. News and World Report's list for the past several years.