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DASH Diet: The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet isn’t intended for weight loss – but over the past few years it’s morphed into a way for people to shed pounds and stay healthy by leaning heavily on fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein and low fat dairy-rich foods. The diet, which U.S. News and World Report named the best overall diet of 2014, is proven to lower blood pressure and according to the Mayo Clinic, it’s also in line with dietary recommendations to prevent osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. The downside? It’s not cheap. The emphasis on fresh fruits, veggies, and other ingredients adds up to more than the average North American usually spends on food. (Photo: Tumblr/significantsingleness)

Year in Review 2015: Top diet trends

From persistent favourites like the Atkins Diet and the Paleo Diet to the controversial Ketogenic Diet and the (kind of gross) Cabbage Soup Diet, these were the top-searched diet trends of 2015. -- By Simone Olivero and Hilary Hagerman