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Best (and worst) Diets

While Americans seem to love the paleo diet – it was the most Google-searched plan of 2013 – health and nutrition experts don’t have much love for the caveman diet.

U.S. News & World Report recently released its fourth annual Best Diets rankings – a collection of 32 diet analyses, reviewed and rated by experts.

So what’s the best diet?

According to the experts, the DASH diet, which aims to prevent and lower high blood pressure.

The DASH diet outscored most of the other plans in its healthiness and likelihood to ward off diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease, to claim the No. 1 spot, according to U.S. News.

Here are the top 10 best overall diets, according to the rankings:

  1. DASH diet

2. TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet

3. Mayo Clinic diet

3. Mediterranean diet

3. Weight Watchers

6. Flexitarian diet

6. Volumetrics

8. Jenny Craig

9. Biggest Loser diet

9. Ornish diet

Check out the U.S. News Best Diets page for more information on each diet (and many more diets), as well as recipes.

Marissa Harshman

I'm the health reporter for The Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Wash. I started at The Columbian -- my hometown newspaper -- in September 2009. Reach me at marissa.harshman@columbian.com or 360-735-4546.

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