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8 Foods Men Should Eat Every Day

Best Life Magazine has compiled a list of eight foods that men should be eating every day. I know this list is made with men in mind, but these are foods women may want to consider adding to their diets as well. So while you're throwing a few blueberries on top of his cereal in the morning, you may want to add a few to yours as well.

  • Spinach: It may be green and leafy, but spinach is also the ultimate man food. This noted biceps builder is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and folate, which help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Bonus (for him, I suppose): Folate also increases blood flow to the penis. And spinach is packed with lutein, a compound that fights age-related macular degeneration.
  • Yogurt: Various cultures claim yogurt as their own creation, but the 2,000-year-old food’s health benefits are not disputed: Fermentation spawns hundreds of millions of probiotic organisms that serve as reinforcements to the battalions of beneficial bacteria in your body, which boost the immune system and provide protection against cancer. Not all yogurts are probiotic though, so make sure the label says “live and active cultures.”

There are more foods you may not have thought about so

  • Tomatoes: There are two things you need to know about tomatoes: Red are the best, because they’re packed with more of the antioxidant lycopene, and processed tomatoes are just as potent as fresh ones, because it’s easier for the body to absorb the lycopene. Studies show that a diet rich in lycopene can decrease your risk of bladder, lung, prostate, skin, and stomach cancers, as well as reduce the risk of coronary artery disease.
  • Carrots: Most red, yellow, or orange vegetables and fruits are spiked with carotenoids—fat-soluble compounds that are associated with a reduction in a wide range of cancers, as well as reduced risk and severity of inflammatory conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis—but none are as easy to prepare, or have as low a caloric density, as carrots.
  • Blueberries: Host to more antioxidants than any other popular fruit, blueberries help prevent cancer, diabetes, and age-related memory changes (hence the nickname “brain berry”). Studies show that blueberries, which are rich in fiber and vitamins A and C, boost cardiovascular health.
  • Black Beans: All beans are good for your heart, but none can boost your brain power like black beans. That’s because they’re full of anthocyanins, antioxidant compounds that have been shown to improve brain function.
  • Walnuts: Richer in heart-healthy omega-3s than salmon, loaded with more anti-inflammatory polyphenols than red wine, and packing half as much muscle-building protein as chicken, the walnut sounds like a Frankenfood, but it grows on trees. Other nuts combine only one or two of these features, not all three.
  • Oats: The éminence grise of health food, oats garnered the FDA’s first seal of approval. They are packed with soluble fiber, which lowers the risk of heart disease. Yes, oats are loaded with carbs, but the release of those sugars is slowed by the fiber, and because oats also have 10 grams of protein per ½-cup serving, they deliver steady muscle-building energy.


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Stephen14934018 Stephen14934018 3 years
Ive always craved these things and have found them to be a steady part of my current diet. The infomation is greatly appreciated. For those that want to know the serving sizes. Just take a couple of tablespoons of each every day, then see how that adds up as opposed not having the information and not taking any anyways..
ddene5713 ddene5713 9 years
HATE tomatoes. lovvvve spinach, walnuts, carrots and black beans. not too fond of the rest but i'll give them a try again.
pixelhaze pixelhaze 9 years
I love tomatoes! I love hearing good things about them since I eat them every day. . . . And I'm happy to hear about the walnuts. I had always heard that almonds were the best nut, but I don't like them. And my favorite salad at a local retsurant has walnuts in it. . . .
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
I eat most of this! =)....Yay!!! Finally something more for us GUYS!
Hollisterbabe01 Hollisterbabe01 9 years
well out to the the grocery store!!
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 9 years
I have no problem eating from this list.
llendril llendril 9 years
wow. never knew that about black beans. impressive =)
CamillaCat CamillaCat 9 years
I would love to incorporate these all in my diet somehow
JBlondie JBlondie 9 years
I can't eat anything with tomatoes. I am not allergic I just hate ANYTHING with pizza, no spaghetti sauce, no ketchup...NOTHING! Fit- are there any veggies or fruits that even compare to the benefits of tomatoes??
ashleygaidhlig ashleygaidhlig 9 years
woooo I eat blueberries, oats, spinach, and yoghurt everyday!
stellarpi stellarpi 9 years
Isn't the oxalic acid in spinach detrimental to bone density?
Home Home 9 years
Interesting list! I'm surprised to read such great things about walnuts. Emailing this to all the men in my life.
arihm arihm 9 years
Does anyone know if eating black beans from a can have any lesser benefits? It probably does, but I don't have the patience for soaking dry beans!
bizzybee bizzybee 9 years
I actually eat a lot of these foods but had no idea they were so good for you.
Athena1 Athena1 9 years
Thank goodness I like everything on this list (more or less), but I still don't get the chance to eat these things every day.
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 9 years
I hate tomatoes, but I know I have to eat more. Blah. Everything else I'm good with. I mix walnuts and cherries into my oatmeal in the morning and spinach is my everyday vegetable no matter what.
workofiction workofiction 9 years
Walnuts are the only thing on that list I don't like... anyone know if almonds or another food make a comparable replacement?
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