The raw food diet has been rated as the worst for 2023, according to experts

The raw food diet has been rated as the worst for 2023, according to experts

  • Experts gathered by US News & World Report suggest that a raw food diet is the worst way to eat for 2023.
  • They said the diet was overly restrictive and not based on evidence, and could lack essential nutrients.
  • A healthy diet is flexible and easy to maintain over time and emphasizes whole foods and plants.

The annual food rankings from US News & World Report identified the raw food diet as the worst overall diet plan for 2023.

The diet includes only uncooked foods such as fruits and vegetables, sprouted grains and beans, and sometimes animal products such as raw fish or unprocessed dairy products. He took last place in several categories from ketogenic dietor keto for short, which has moved up the ladder a bit.

Every year, US News & World Report brings together health and nutrition experts rank popular diets based on factors such as their overall healthiness, how easy they are to follow, and their potential for weight loss and disease prevention. This year they examined 24 children.

Experts rated the raw food diet as the lowest overall because it exists no evidence of benefits throwing out cooked food, that is extremely limitingand it can make you hungry, since raw food has fewer calories and protein than prepared food.

As a result, it is difficult to maintain over time. While short-term diets can lead to temporary results, often for weight loss, long-term healthy diets involve eating strategies you can stick to, said Gretel Schueller, managing editor for health at US News.

“At the end of the day, it’s about how long can I stay on this, can I do it long term,” Schueller told Insider. “You might look good for a few months, but eventually you’ll be right back where you started.”

Experts say too much restriction can lead to a poor diet plan

While diets that have strict rules or cut out certain food groups may seem effective, they can be difficult to maintain, and the benefits won’t last if you stop within a few weeks.

“The moment you’re overly restrictive or feel deprived, you’re going to jump and you’re not going to stick with it long term,” Schueller said.

The panel of experts noted that other lower-ranked diets were also overly strict or difficult to follow long-term, or left out potentially nutritious food groups.

Other poor performers were commercial diets including the low-carb Atkins diet, as well as SlimFast and Optavia, which include highly processed shakes, bars and supplements used as substitutes for whole foods.

In contrast, the Ultimate Mediterranean Diet and other highly rated plans include variety, don’t exclude food groups, and are easier to adapt to different lifestyles.

“The kids who rise to the top are the ones we’ve known for years that take a common sense approach to healthy eating, include whole foods and are flexible,” Schueller said.

The keto diet was ranked slightly higher this year

While it was for several years ranked as the worst diet for healthy eating, the high-fat, low-carb keto diet ranked first for fast weight loss and 20th overall this year.

Evidence has emerged in recent years suggesting that Keto and low-carb diets can help people manage weight and blood sugar and can be structured to include more nutrient-dense foods and healthy fats.

“We see that it has the potential to be done in a healthy way, when done right,” Schueller said. “Ask yourself what people are replacing carbs with. If it’s a healthy answer, that makes a difference.”

Experts have ranked the keto diet last in terms of heart health. They had previously expressed concern that the diet was rich saturated fat, which some studies have linked to heart health problems. Cutting out carbs can also mean cutting out nutrient-dense foods like fruit, few vegetables, and whole grains—which is part of the reason experts still ranked keto in the bottom five this year.

But it doesn’t have to be stereotypical.”dirty keto” a diet full of butter, hamburgers and cheese, Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, a professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine who studies the low-carb diet, told Insider.

He said examples of healthier keto-friendly foods include sources of fat like olive oil, protein like fish, low-carb fruits like berries and plenty of leafy greens for nutrients.

Correction: January 3, 2023 — An earlier version of this story’s headline misstated the keto diet’s position in the latest US News & World Report rankings. Although it fell from the lowest place, where it was in 2022, experts did not rank it as the second least healthy diet for 2023.


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