A mediterranean diet is more effective than low-fat diets in treating atherosclerosis
With its focus on heart-healthy olive oil, the Mediterranean Diet has once again topped the list of the best diets in the world as ranked by US News & World Report. This year, the title is recognized with additional accolades as the judging panel of experts ranked the Med diet #1 in 5 additional categories, including Easiest to Follow and Best for Heart Health and Diabetes.
According to experts at US News & World Report, followers of the Mediterranean diet can prevent chronic diseases while losing weight. The panel included 27 scientists, physicians, and nutritionists who endorsed the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, including:
include improved cognitive function 
reduced risk of heart disease 
reduced risk of certain types of cancer 
improved control of blood sugar 
The Mediterranean Diet is also recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA).
Since the Mediterranean Diet doesn't focus on eliminating foods or food groups (other than replacing less healthy fats with delicious olive oil), adherents find it much easier to stick to. In addition, there is a large selection of dishes in over 22 Mediterranean countries; You can try everything from flavorful Moroccan stews to hearty dishes inspired by the south of France. You could easily enjoy Mediterranean food for a month and never repeat a recipe.
In addition to plenty of olive oil, legumes, nuts and seeds are among the building blocks of the Mediterranean diet; These foods provide plenty of protein and fats to keep you feeling full longer and quell cravings. Despite the fact that the diet is relatively high in fat, the Mediterranean diet has been shown to be more effective than a low-fat diet for treating atherosclerosis and weight loss. In fact, Marta Guasch-Ferre, Ph.D. the Harvard T.S. The Chan School of Public Health asserted that "no scientific evidence supports the notion that consuming more olive oil is associated with weight gain." 
Would you like to start eating the Mediterranean way? We recommend the 4-week Mediterranean diet program offered by Oldways. You can download a free 28-page book of menu plans and join the Facebook group for support. The Culinary Institute of America also has an excellent guide to including olive oil in a plant-based diet.
Our site also has recipes including farro and grilled vegetable salad with herbs, zucchini pancakes, and cod sautéed in olive oil with fresh tomatoes.