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A panel of experts says one diet stands out as the best choice to keep your ticker functioning. If you’re trying to slim down and stay healthy, consider reaching for more vegetables, fruits, whole grains and seafood. For the fourth consecutive year, the Mediterranean diet has taken the top spot in the latest U.S. News rankings of the best overall diets. The diet — which focuses on a plant-based menu, with a touch of fish and seafood and lean meats thrown in — is renowned for lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease. The Mediterranean diet is so impressive that it took the top spot in six separate U.S. News lists. It either held the top spot alone or tied with another diet in the following categories: Best Overall Diet Best Diets for Healthy Eating Easiest Diets to Follow Best Diets for Diabetes Best Plant-Based Diets Best Heart-Healthy Diets Two other diets — the DASH diet and the flexitarian diet — again tied for the No. 2 slot in the Best Overall Diet category.