Breaking news
Father-of-three in a medically induced COMA from the flu -
Australian Open crowd applauds player calling out umpire -
Man pinching horse from neighbour caught on CCTV -
Busty Skye Wheatley poses with a coconut -
Fancy a cup of creativi-TEA? -
This Morning Holly gets the giggles at throwback snap -

Best diets of 2018 revealed

Just in time for the New Year's detox, US health officials have revealed the best and worst diets to choose. 

The DASH diet reigns supreme for the eighth year in the row with its emphasis on vegetables and whole grains, and low intake of red meat, sweets, and sugary drinks, according to the annual ranking of 38 diets by the National Institutes of Health.

To receive top ratings a diet must be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, effective for weight loss and protective against diabetes and heart disease. 

Meanwhile the highly-restrictive keto and Whole30 diets were named the least safe and effective. 

'DASH is not a fad diet, but a healthy eating plan that supports long-term lifestyle changes,' the authors wrote. 

Registered dietitian Abbey Sharp told Daily Mail Online the findings are no surprise - and should encourage people to avoid restrictive 'cleanse' diets, which ultimately tend to lead to weight gain.  

EXPLAINED: THE BEST AND WORST DIETS 

BEST

DASH

Designed as an approach to lower hypertension, the 'DASH' eating plan is rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean proteins. 

In December, Harvard University researchers found the DASH diet is the best cure for high blood pressure - the world's most chronic health condition - and in turn triggers weight loss and improves mental health. 

WORST  

Ketogenic 

The ketogenic diet - favored by the likes of Halle Berry and Kourtney Kardashian - eliminates carbs, cuts down on most protein, and ramps up one's fat intake. 

Whole30 

The Whole30 diet involves cutting out sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, soy, and dairy for 30 days.

'The DASH and Mediterranean diet are consistently ranked as number one because they don't completely eliminate any foods,' Sharp, who runs Abbey's Kitchen, said.

'They are well balanced, and easy to follow because they include a wide variety of satiating and delicious foods - including red wine! 

'They also are backed up by an extensive amount of research to support their significant impact on heart health.

'The keto and whole 30 diets, in contrast, are incredibly restrictive. 

'While restriction may lead to quick weight loss, anything restrictive has a tendency to backfire in the long run and lead to rebound weight gain.'

Designed as an approach to lower hypertension, the 'DASH' eating plan is rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and lean proteins. 

Just last month a landmark paper from Harvard University found the diet is the best cure for high blood pressure - the world's most chronic health condition - and in turn triggers

read more from dailymail.....

Get the latest news delivered to your inbox

Follow us on social media networks

PREV Piano cords could be key to helping beat dementia
NEXT Sugar additive in cakes has fueled rise of superbug