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5@5: Top-ranked diets for 2021 | Chipotle launches cauliflower rice nationwide5@5: Top-ranked diets for 2021 | Chipotle launches cauliflower rice nationwide

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New Hope Network staff

January 4, 2021

2 Min Read
Experts' diet rankings: Mediterranean at top, keto near the bottom
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What's the best diet of 2021? Mediterranean, flexitarian and DASH top list

U.S. News and World Report's annual list of the overall best diets is determined by a panel of nationally recognized health experts, and the Mediterranean diet has topped the list for the fourth year in a row. Tied for second place are DASH and flexitarian diets, which are focused on lowering blood pressure and eating less meat respectively. Today has the full list.

Chipotle launches cauliflower rice nationwide as consumers cut grains from their diets

A big win for grain-free consumers: Chipotle rolled out its cauliflower rice substitute across all stores in the U.S. and Canada for an extra $2. The chain is hoping to draw in new customers with the addition; in test markets, one in three customers who chose the rice alternative was an infrequent or new Chipotle customer. CNBC reports.

Brazil is famous for its meat. But vegetarianism is soaring

The number of vegetarians in Brazil has doubled over a six-year period, and the plant-based industry within the country is flourishing as a result. Brazil is the world's largest beef exporter but a change of consciousness among its citizens is occurring in tandem with plant-based popularity elsewhere in the globe. Mainstream supermarkets in Brazil are beginning to sell plant-based protein in their meat, poultry and fish sections, and vegan startups are also gaining major traction among Brazilian consumers. Head to The New York Times for more.

Italian olive oil producers supplement climate change losses through biofuel

To supplement their income after the many supply chain disruptions of 2020, Italian farmers are turning waste from the olive oil harvest into biofuels. The residual paste, known as pomace, can fuel a biomass plant or be used as compost. Modern Farmer tells the upcycling tale.

Unhealthy snacks to be banned from checkouts at supermarkets in England

Supermarkets in England will no longer be allowed to display unhealthy food and beverages in the checkout aisle or use them in buy one, get one free promotions by April 2022. Restaurants will also be barred from offering free refills on sugary drinks. These moves follow Boris Johnson's pledge to reduce obesity in the country; Johnson was adversely affected by COVID-19, a fact he attributes in part to his overweight status. The Guardian dives into the emerging policies.

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