Men's Health Diet
Everyone knows that maintaining a healthy and well-balanced diet is a vital part of nutrition and overall health. However, many men do not get the nutrition they need. Everyone has different nutritional requirements, and this is also true of men's health diet needs in order to prevent many men's health problems. They require more or less of some nutrients than women, and unfortunately many men's diets do not always meet these requirements.
The typical men's health diet should include:
- Protein - Should be eaten with every meal, because it is vital to building and maintaining healthy muscle mass. Good sources of protein include beef, poultry, pork, tuna, shrimp, and peanut butter.
- Breakfast - With such busy schedules, most people end up skipping breakfast. Men who skip breakfast are 450% more likely to become obese. Typically, breakfast should account for 30-35% of a man's daily caloric intake, but even drinking a glass of milk in the morning is better than nothing!
- Fruits and veggies - These important, nutrient-rich foods should be included in every meal. They are great sources of omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and folic acid (especially green, leafy vegetables).
It is also important to limit (or completely eliminate) sweetened drinks, as they are full of empty calories and can actually contribute to dehydration.
If you have any questions about men's health and diet or how to to ensure you are getting enough of the nutrients you need, your primary health care provider or an experienced dietitian or nutritionist will be able to give you information to create a meal plan that meets all of your needs.