What is the Best Diet?

For those of you who have not yet heard the buzz around the blogosphere, U.S. News recently published a round-up of the best and worst diets. They evaluated and ranked the 20 different diets with help from a panel of health “experts.” To be highly rated, a diet had to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, and effective for weight loss and against diabetes and heart disease. The top spot went to (shocker!) the government-endorsed Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH). Paleo was, surprisingly, also included on the list. (We are at least getting a bit of mainstream recognition!) And we placed? . . . you guessed it – dead last. I find something very beautiful in placing last in this contest. It places us the furthest away from the standard recommendations that are making Americans increasingly more overweight, diabetic, and prone to degenerative diseases.The “expert” who commented on the paleo diet had embarrassingly little knowledge about the science of paleo eating or the research that indicates its effectiveness, and supports the anecdotal evidence and positive personal transformations that so many of us in the paleo community have seen. So, for those of you who have perhaps not read it yet, please take a look at this rebuttal to the U.S. News rankings, written by some real experts, including Doctor Loren Cordain. And, unlike U.S. News, they actually cite their sources, and the peer-reviewed studies that back up their claims.

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