For women who are trying to gracefully transition into later stages of life, the sheer number of diet options are dizzying — and not all of them are good for your health.
Best all-around: the Mediterranean diet
The Mediterranean diet is consistently rated as one of the healthiest eating patterns for almost anyone, including women over 50.
Best for heart health: the DASH diet
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is one of the leading causes of death for women over 50
Best plant-based: the Flexitarian diet
The Flexitarian diet is a semi-vegetarian plan that’s predominantly plant-based but occasionally includes meat, eggs, dairy, and fish
Best for brain health: the MIND Diet
It emphasizes foods like whole grains, berries, leafy greens, beans, olive oil, and fatty fish. Fried foods, red meat, butter, cheese, and sweets are discouraged.
Best for women who are fed up with dieting: intuitive eating
If you’ve tried countless fad diets and are ready to ditch the dieting cycle for good, intuitive eating may be the perfect fit.
If you’re a woman over 50, the best diet is one that you can maintain long term — and it may not look the same as the best diet for your friend, sister, or neighbor.
If you’re a woman over 50, it’s often difficult to know which diet is best, especially as you’re experiencing physical changes associated with aging.