Men typically have less body fat and more muscle than women so they burn more calories. But did you know that some foods actually have specific benefits for men? Move over steak and potatoes; meet the new man-friendly foods on the block:
Shellfish: Rich in zinc, shellfish and other types of seafood are great for men’s heart, muscles, and reproductive system. Research shows there may be a link between zinc deficiency and poor sperm quality in infertile men. If you’re allergic to shellfish, try nuts as an alternative.
Chocolate: Chocolate is not just for the ladies. The flavanols in dark chocolate not only guard against bad cholesterol and high blood pressure, they also improve circulation, and in turn, erectile dysfunction. But of course, like most sweets, the calories can add up quickly so enjoy sparingly.
Soy Foods: Foods like tofu, miso soup, and soy milk are a force against prostate cancer for men. Because some Asian countries incorporate a lot more soy foods than the average American diet, prostate cancer is less common in those countries.
Orange Vegetables: Orange vegetables like red bell peppers, carrots, pumpkins, and sweet potatoes are packed with beta-carotene, lutein, and vitamin C. Eating these nutrients may lower men’s chance of getting an enlarged prostate.
Broccoli: This green stalk, called a cruciferous vegetable, contains vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, and a phytochemical called sulphoraphane. This has been linked to preventing heart disease and several cancers, including prostate, colon and bladder cancer, which affects two to three times as many men as women.
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