U.S. News & World Report, an international authority in rankings and consumer advice, released its annual evaluation for Best Diets. If you get a copy you will read of 39 diets in multiple categories.  

The MIND diet was ranked fourth for the easiest diet to follow and tied for the fifth for best diet overall and best diet for healthy eating.

The MIND diet was ranked in the following seven categories:

  • Easiest Diets to Follow: No. 4
  • Best Diets for Healthy Eating: No. 5 (tie)
  • Best Diets Overall: No. 5 (tie)
  • Best Heart-Healthy Diets: No. 7 (tie)
  • Best Diets for Diabetes: No. 7 (tie)
  • Best Weight-Loss Diets: No. 29 (tie)
  • Best Fast Weight-Loss Diets: No. 34 (tie)

This blog addresses the MIND DIET (from Rush University Medical Center), which has been on the list for 6 years. They have just completed. A 3-year study (funded by NIH) is about to be completed, published preliminary findings regarding this diet. Data leans to this diet providing long-term protection against cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease, it also promotes overall health, including cardiovascular benefits.

The MIND diet is a hybrid of the Mediterranean and DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diets. Both have been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular conditions,

(ex. hypertension, diabetes, heart attack, stroke).

This diet identifies ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ foods and addresses them.

Healthy’ food group:

  two or more daily servings of vegetables, of which one serving is a leafy green, 

  three servings per day of whole grains, 

  a serving of beans three times weekly, 

  one ounce of nuts/nut butter, 

  • a half cup of berries five days per week, 
  • two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil a day; 
  • poultry twice weekly,  
  • at least one fish meal weekly.

‘Unhealthy food  must have limitations: 

  • no more than one teaspoon a day of butter, 
  • eating less than five servings a week of sweets and pastries,
  • less than four servings a week of red meat, 
  • no more than two ounces of whole-fat cheese weekly, 
  • no more than one meal of fried foods per week.

Nuances exist for example having difficulty limiting the intake of red meat to less than four servings per week could still be considered a healthy eater, provided they were reaching the goal of at least one serving of leafy green vegetables each day.

Many books and internet sites exist on the MIND diet, they can help you follow eat to live long and healthy! MIND Diet