If your New Year’s resolutions include healthy eating, a new ranking released by US News and World Report can guide you through your grocery shopping. The publisher has named the Mediterranean diet as the best diet of 2019—complete with its bevy of heart-healthy fats, grains, and even, yes, red wine.
Not necessarily a diet in the traditional sense of restricting specific food groups, the Mediterranean diet prioritizes fats like olives and olive oil, fish, whole grains, and vegetables over red meat and refined starches and sugars. It’s a versatile lifestyle switch that can be affordable, versatile for those with dietary restrictions, and, of course, healthy: Studies have shown that it can reduce the likelihood of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, and even cognitive decline.
It’s important to note that though this diet may be trending now, its principles have been staples in Mediterranean cuisines like Greek, Italian, and even Spanish food for centuries. When it comes down to it, a Mediterranean diet is all about moderation, prioritizing things we know to be good for us—you can’t have too many vegetables, right?—adding in some fats to keep us satiated, and enjoying the occasional piece of cheese or glass of wine. That, after all, is the most sustainable kind of diet.