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Not just a GIRL thing

 

Food is more than just fuel. Your diet can help fight disease and keep you looking and acting younger. How a man eats throughout his life
can help predict how well (or not) he ages.

 

Eating Right

A healthy diet for men includes:

  • At least 2 cups of fruits and 2 ½ cups of vegetables each day. At least once a week, eat tomatoes or something made from tomatoes like pasta sauce.
    The antioxidant lycopene found in tomato products is good for prostate health.
  • At least five 1-ounce servings of whole grains each day. Replace refined grains with whole-grain bread, cereal, pasta, brown rice or oats
  • At least two to three servings of fish per week
  • At least 38 grams of fiber a day for younger men; 30 grams of fiber a day for men older than 50
  • Unsaturated fats like oils, nuts and salad dressings in place of saturated fats like full-fat dairy foods, butter and high-fat sweets
  • 4,700 milligrams a day of potassium from fruits, vegetables, fish and milk.
     

Energy Foods

Since men have more muscle and are typically bigger than women, they require more calories throughout the day. Moderately active males should eat
2,000 to 2,800 calories per day. Your energy needs depend on your height, weight and activity level.

For energy, weight management and disease prevention, men should eat whole grains like whole-grain bread, pasta, cereal, brown rice, oats, barley;
fruits and vegetables. These foods are high in fiber, help manage hunger and fullness and help fend off certain cancers, such as prostate and colon.

Beyond Meat

Men are typically meat-eaters because of the perception that more protein equals more muscle mass. That is not the case unless exercise is involved.
Men tend to view red meat as more masculine than other proteins; often this leads them to “order the steak.” It’s not the steak that’s unhealthy,
it’s skipping the whole grains and vegetables. In addition, excessive meat eating is linked to heart disease and colorectal cancer in men.

Eat red meat less frequently. Instead, focus on more fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products. This will not only help you keep weight off, but it
can help keep blood pressure down. Obesity increases your risk of developing high blood pressure by eight times. Cut down on saturated fat from
meat, cheese and fried foods. Instead, opt for foods with unsaturated, heart-healthy fats such as olive oil, canola oil, nuts, seeds and avocadoes.

Weight and Disease Risk

More than women, men gain weight around the middle; that’s due to the male hormone testosterone. If your waist measures more than 40 inches
around, it’s time to shed some pounds. This fat around the waist is typically buried deep in the abdomen and increases your risk for diabetes,
heart disease and dementia.

The good news is, belly fat is easy to lose. If you take fewer calories in than you burn, your body breaks down belly fat first for energy.

 

Source: American Dietetic Association