Top Diet Rankings (Cancer Prevention Missing)

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NAP-Plate-v02Healthy — and not so healthy — diets are in the news today, with US News releasing their best-diet rankings.

Among the 32 diets evaluated, the DASH diet ranked best overall. It also tied for top spot in diabetes control. With it’s full name — Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension — you can probably tell that it was originally developed to control blood pressure. Paleo diet ranked at the bottom.

US News experts focused on eight categories, including the best diet for weight loss, diabetes, and heart-health. But they did not focus on the best diet for cancer prevention. (Maybe next year!)

By chance today we’re featuring our new diet program in Cancer Research Update, called the NAP Challenge. It’s based on our recommendations for cancer prevention, which were developed after an analysis of the global research. Following these recommendations will also help you lose weight. And that’s important for cancer prevention because overweight and obesity is a cause of seven cancers.

It also includes physical activity, because exercise prevents cancer.

Our program is similar to the DASH diet: plant-based with small amounts of meat. The NAP Challenge uses our visual New American Plate approach, focusing on vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Like the other high-ranking diets (Weight Watchers ranked the highest for weight loss) the NAP Challenge also focuses on the importance of making healthy behavior changes for the long term.

If you want to be a part of our 12-week (free) NAP Challenge diet, by itself or alongside another plan, you can sign up here.


    Author: Mya Nelson

    Mya R. Nelson is at American Institute for Cancer Research, where she writes about the research in the field.

    One thought on “Top Diet Rankings (Cancer Prevention Missing)”

    1. There is so much conflicting “noise” out there regarding which diets are and are not best for you. The overarching answer seems to be, “it depends….” – and for every person that answer seems to be a little bit different.

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