What is THE Best Diet? | 2021 US News Ranking

What is THE Best Diet? | 2021 US News Ranking

BEST diet? US News ranking of best diets
Oscars for food nerds. By nutrition scientists. substantial diet advice

Best diets overall. DASH and flexitarian. DASH = dietary approaches to stop hypertension. DASH is low in sodium, emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy; low in fatty meats, full-fat dairy and added sugar

Flexitarian = flexible vegetarian. a diet moderate in meats. plant-centered

#1 best diet was the Mediterranean diet
themes of Mediterranean diet: produce, nuts, olive oil, some dairy and lean meats, low in red meat and added sugar

Mediterranean diet also #1 in best heart-healthy diets , best diabetes diets, best plant-based diets, best healthy eating and easiest diets to follow. scientists love the Mediterranean diet
ornish diet also delivers cardiovascular benefits. #1 heart health tied with mediterranean. But ornish included other changes so we cant attribute the results to diet alone

Mediterranean diet: population data. general dietary recs focus on diet long-term. Mediterranean diet associated with good health outcomes

How ‘easy’ is the diet? ideally a diet is good health-wise AND easy
Other diets that made the top 10: MIND diet, Nordic diet (pescatarian-ish diet), vegetarian and ornish diet

vegan and keto? 2 most popular diets online
Vegan = #17. Keto = #37. only diet that ranked below keto was Dukan diet.

top nutrition scientists & USDA recs are similar. representative of experts in nutrition. nutrition professionals and public disconnected. online it’s keto vs vegan. experts like Mediterranean. most people eat the seefood diet. They see food and they eat it

keto in top 5 for fast weight loss, vegan in top 5 for weight loss, diabetes and heart health so they’re not anti-keto or anti-vegan

diets downscored for ‘ease’ factor. are vegan and keto easy?
maybe scientists should just tell us the heathiest diet?
nutrient completeness. keto and vegan don’t necessarily make you nutrient deficient…
For vegans, b12 is important.
diets: short vs long-term. vegan diets in 7day Adventists
new study: vegan vs Mediterranean diet. People on vegan diet ate less calories. how is each diet designed?

vegan diet linked to environment, animal welfare.
keto: fast weight loss. 10y on keto?
keto at bottom? we associate keto with bacon, lard and butter. nutrition scientists unfavorable

keto= #34 for heart-health. high saturated fat, low fiber version? keto means ketogenic. Very low carbohydrate so you go into ketosis. high saturated fat not a requirement. low carb diet can be low in saturated fat and improve cardiovascular markers

if we rank keto based on an unhealthy version we need to rank the junk vegan version (what a lot of vegans do) and Mediterranean with junk foods (how most Mediterraneans eat nowadays)

ideal diets or popular diets? We can’t compare perfect Mediterranean diet to viral keto
keto long-term? keto doable in a safer way
low rankings for keto = caution?
keto camp not worried. keto ranked at bottom but ads are for keto. keto is a financial hit

diets not compared side by side. study with vegan vs mediterranean diet, but 10y on Mediterranean vs vegan vs keto?
Mediterranean Diet = good bet overall. mediterranean diet not necessarily best diet for every human.
diets on the ranking are similar. Mediterranean diet, DASH, etc. Dash is mediterranean diet minus salt. MIND diet is a mix of Mediterranean and DASH. M in MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH

dashdiet.org: DASH Mediterranean and DASH vegetarian
easier to know which foods to focus on and which to eat sparingly. I don’t have a name for my diet.

ALL top diets are rich in plant foods. Plant-rich diets dominate ranking. ALL top diets avoid ultraprocessed foods. All top diets avoid excess of saturated fat
which diet is best? Any diet rich in unprocessed plant foods.
key is maintaining a healthy diet
all of those tweaks fit into a health-promoting pattern. Mediterranean diet or not

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  1. kulata on November 13, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    The best diet is the one that works for me

  2. genium me on November 13, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    how is this not a multi million sub channel? your info on all sorts of topics is amazingly well done well informed and extremely reflective on whats going on in this research field.

  3. Mike Skylark on November 13, 2021 at 3:14 pm

    I’m a long term thriving vegan. And I gotta admit this is one of the most unbiased diet reviews ever! Good job (at least from the health stand point)! #BeyondDogmatism #DietWars

  4. Biomika on November 13, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    You are legendary XD

  5. Michael on November 13, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    I do eat whole food plant based. However I am watching this on a Saturday night enjoying a dr. pepper lol.

  6. Julot on November 13, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    There should be whole food plant based diet, better low fat not just vegan!

  7. isd4nv on November 13, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    Is vegan chipotle healthy?

    The veggies rice sofritas all have small amounts of oil

    The beans guac pico etc have zero oil

  8. Flo on November 13, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    Best video on nutrition. Ever.

  9. Mark Fox on November 13, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    My nutritionist spent two years in prison for distributing LSD.
    He devised the easiest and most liberating diet of all. For these 24 people to admit which diets are the best would be career suicide.

  10. Jerry Tom on November 13, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    after hearing all those bs "experts" , this is basically the only one nutrition info channel I watch now. it’s a shame those bs "experts" got millions of subscribers and this only got 53k.

  11. Terri Chalnick on November 13, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Thank you for this. I tried vegan for 15 years and did great until i went through a very stressful life event and the diet stopped working for me. It raised my blood sugar. I have been doing a very healthy keto or low carb diet and it has helped me restore my health and blood sugar. My A1c is normal now and so is my weight and energy. I have tried going back to vegan or Mediterranean including beans and grains and fruits and they spike my blood sugar. I think you are right, they are thinking of dirty keto when they rated keto.

  12. Eman on November 13, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    Arab here…I think lifestyle is just as big a predictor of health as what you eat. I lived in Palestine for over 10 years and we walked A TON, got plenty of Vitamin D, connected with 3 generations of family on a weekly if not daily basis, and had genuine friendships. Not to mention picked figs and walnuts straight off the trees and then we would just sit on the front steps talking the day away, basking in the sun and greeting neighbors as they passed by. We had larger families and so people did not have the luxury to stuff themselves. Sometimes, the people that have less… actually have more.

  13. Simply Alice on November 13, 2021 at 3:22 pm

    I love your contents and channel. I agree most of what you covered! But when it comes to food, I am still confused about ‘organic’ food. I think the modern society and diet culture I’ve grown with somehow totally brainwashed me and make me think ‘anyway organic is better’ (don’t know how and why to be honest as you mentioned it’s still controversial). For example, when I see broccoli on nor-organic section and on organic section, I feel like that non-organic broccoli has lots of chemicals inside/outside and it’s true that they look more GREEN and organic one look less green and they are smaller (but usually I notice that organic one lasts longer…). That is why I keep spending more money on organic, but I feel confused and when I am on a budget, I feel like what I am doing is right or just wasting money…? I hope you can address this issue some day! 🙂 Thanks.

  14. Jun Frias on November 13, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    Great job!

  15. Raíssa Lucília on November 13, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    Mediterranean diet is healthy and tasty!

  16. Lisa Michele on November 13, 2021 at 3:23 pm

    I adopted a whole foods vegetarian at 21 gained 20 pounds; if that is your goal, it works great.

  17. Michael Boller on November 13, 2021 at 3:26 pm

    great presentation. for weight loss a raw vegan diet is probably most effective although I think it is not so sustainable and has risks. https://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/12770
    "From the beginning of the dietary regimen, an average weight loss of 9.9 kg (SE 0.4) for men and 12 kg (SE 0.6) for women was observed." This is huge. I guess the reason is simple; raw plant food is usually very low in calorie density.

  18. Vegan For The Animals Ⓥ on November 13, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Interesting that there is nothing on the "carnivore" diet 😉 (or is there?)
    btw, that could be an interesting topic for you (besides the Saladino/Rogan response video)

  19. Curious Kitteh on November 13, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Very useful and entertaining, 2 Emmys for you sir! Here on a coworkers recommendation.

  20. Calin on November 13, 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Great content, as usual. The content that you produce is also great because it makes people think rather than chose one camp or the other and then throw dirt at each other. Keep at it!

  21. Matt Bryan on November 13, 2021 at 3:32 pm

    Seriously, you have never heard of a whole foods plant based (WFBP) diet? Yeah that’s the healthiest diet. Isn’t that obvious?

  22. Rose van der Reijden on November 13, 2021 at 3:33 pm

    I love great food and wine. As a person with FH, I follow a Mediterranean-type diet. I keep my carbs generally low, but not obsessively low and eat lots of veggies (especially steamed veggies.) I eat almost no sugar and my treats are mostly things like aged cheese and homemade pasta every couple of weeks.

  23. shinta wd on November 13, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Keto is easier for me. Idk why maybe gherkin factor that I don’t crave food as much I did before in other diet. This is the only diet that I could be discipline and not keep cheating.

  24. Peter W. on November 13, 2021 at 3:36 pm

    Thank you! Does eating tofu count towards servings of beans per day for benefits? Or Does it require the whole bean fiber (tempeh) to show the benefits?

  25. vacooke on November 13, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Please define "moderate meat consumption". For example: 3oz a meal, a day, a week?

  26. Jonathan Hoffman on November 13, 2021 at 3:37 pm

    Vegan can be Oreos or Oranges. Potato chips or sweet potatoes. Veganism is a philosophy of reducing suffering. Eat mostly whole food plants if you want health.

  27. Rita Hall on November 13, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    Thank you 🙏 it’s a shame scientist won’t be more involved in information to the population

  28. StrutziAT on November 13, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    I love this guy.

  29. LightGruvia on November 13, 2021 at 3:39 pm

    As someone from spain, I would say about mediterranean diet is that it’s overall really good but every year we follow it less and less (due to american or north european influence) last years in spain we eat less produce and legums and more processed meat.
    (Yes, my english is thrash hope ya’ll understand)

  30. Robert Walker` on November 13, 2021 at 3:40 pm

    A plant based diet makes my blood sugar go through the roof, I cut out bread potato pasta rice ,I eat meat eggs fish with a little veg and even less fruit after following
    the standard diet guidelines for 14 years my type 2 diabetes did not improve, a year on my diet and I dropped from 9 pills a day to 3 and lost 40 pounds,

  31. candycorn on November 13, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    great video.

  32. Ben Steele on November 13, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Consider all the expert advice is based on decades of research that is now in the middle of a replication crisis. It turns out so much of it simply doesn’t replicate. The example of this is meat intake.

    The longest lived populations in the world also eat the most meat in the world. These longest-lived populations are located in Asia and Asian research shows higher meat intake correlates to better health outcomes.

    The reason US research has sometimes shown the opposite is likely just the healthy user effect.

  33. Peter Nielsen on November 13, 2021 at 3:47 pm

    TH Best diet is the diet you stick with… doing nothing is the worst strategi

  34. Krwiomocz.Bogurodzicy Ⓥ on November 13, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    13:04 – Anyone knows the song title at the end?

  35. Kevin Wood on November 13, 2021 at 3:53 pm

    Wife and I did the plant based, whole food diet over a year ago, overnight for me, and I think it’s one of the best moves I ever made. Market driven research doesn’t give us honest results so watching this channel is refreshing because science rules.

  36. TJack Survival on November 13, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    That’s because no one like vegans. Not even vegans.

  37. Rita Hall on November 13, 2021 at 3:57 pm

    As a child growing up we ate the we’re eating what we have diet and always healthy- now I’m vegan for reasons other than nutrition-

  38. Nicholas Cauton on November 13, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    I’m glad Mediterranean Diet ranked #1 on U.S. News 2021 because that’s essentially what I’m doing. Although I do it in a variation that’s closer to the three Abrahamic religions. Three rules I implement on myself are: No meat and dairy in the same meal (inspired by Kosher), Shellfish in moderation is okay (inspired by Halal), and absolutely no pork whatsoever (inspired by both). Just to put it on the record out there, I am a Christian.

    From my personal experience, going Mediterranean meals enhanced my athletic capabilities where I’m able to perform high-volume compound exercises with calisthenics and weightlifting. My VO2 max has improved with a fair amount of cardio and I’ve lost tremendous amounts of fat mass in my body along with gaining noticeable muscles mass for almost a year thus far. I tried going vegan at one point, I didn’t like it. I tried keto, it was good for a little while but then I got sick from the keto flu which I just could not get along with. For those who have no problems with either one of those, big ups to you. But in my opinion, Mediterranean is probably the most complete nutrient diet there is. And the reviews from the experts explains everything.

  39. Jack Williams on November 13, 2021 at 3:59 pm

    Can you do a video on best foods, diet and lifestyle for preventing dementia? A lot of people are saying its best when the brain runs on fat and ketones and that we should mainly have fat in our diets for neuro protective benefits. Is this true?
    Thankyou for your videos

  40. Nuno Batista on November 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Genial como de costume!!

  41. WhatWouldHouseDo on November 13, 2021 at 4:00 pm

    Crappy study IMHO- too many variables not taken into consideration and yeah, "ease" is a relative thing for sure. I find being vegan super easy. And keto- without getting into it (because I don’t care to get into an online discussion right now) I have a feeling that it will be proven to be harmful long-term.

  42. QB 75 on November 13, 2021 at 4:01 pm

    Hey doc, when are you going to make that soy video? Great channel by the way!

  43. trapez77 on November 13, 2021 at 4:02 pm

    What you eat does not matter nearly as much as people believe. If you study the diets of top athletes of the world you will see that many of them have widely varied diets and many are what Is considered to be horrible. Usain bolt ate 1000 chicken mcnuggets from
    Mcdonalds before winning the Olympics. What you eat doesn’t matter much. Your level of activity determines your health.

  44. FrankLavoy on November 13, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    We should ALL be better food nerds. I know I’m trying to strive for nerdiness 😉

  45. Jodi Wong on November 13, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Yes! Mediterrean diet for the win! Thank you for not talking about fads diets and using science based data ^_^ your videos are SOO valuable! Your my role model 😀

  46. ChaptersDiversified on November 13, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    Hello Dr. Gil, I was wondering if you would be willing to look into a diet effects on skin as a person ages. It would also be interesting to look into (and debunk) claims made by anti-aging cream and supplement sellers who are looking to sell their product.

  47. Linda Hoover on November 13, 2021 at 4:04 pm

    I almost spit my tea out when he mentioned the seafood diet. 😆 I really took alot of ideas and choices from this video. Agree from personal experience with the top picks.

  48. Jon Stephenson on November 13, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    I have a question that I’d love to explore further. Where do all these accusations come from about Ansel Keys colluding with the sugar industry, and affecting the American Heart Associations decisions? I keep hearing this stuff, but can’t seem to find anything about it other than hearsay that gets repeated over and over. I’m not trying to defend white refined sugar, but I feel a little incensed about the accusations that these people are making about heart healthy recommendations. It’s related to other topics that you’ve covered, but also seems to be a topic that could be a whole video.

  49. Adrian Lazar on November 13, 2021 at 4:07 pm

    LOL The seafood diet killed me xD – No pun intended

  50. The Proof is in the Plants - and fungi on November 13, 2021 at 4:10 pm

    4:48 -4:49 😂