9 Foods Men Need To Eat

foods men need to eatWhile many men are less conscious about what they eat, experts say that at times, eating healthy can mean different things for men and women because both sexes have their own set of dietary requirements.

Tomatoes

Tomatoes are also known as superfoods because of their numerous benefits. Tomatoes contain lycopene, which, studies say help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, heart disease and lower cholesterol — all common ailments in men. [Read more...]

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Key To Super Heart Health

Omega-3 Fatty Acids Key To Super Heart HealthSignificantly higher consumption of omega-3 fatty acids among middle-aged Japanese men appears to impart a protective factor that wards off heart disease, a study has revealed.

“Previous studies investigated substantially lower intake of omega-3 fatty acids than what people in Japan actually get through their diet. Our study indicates that the level of omega-3 fatty acids consumed must be higher than previously thought to impart substantial protection,” said Akira Sekikawa, associate professor of epidemiology at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. [Read more...]

This New Type of Broccoli Just May Save Your Life-and Your Budget

This New Type of Broccoli Just May Save Your Life-and Your BudgetHow’s this for a happy accident: While researchers at the University of Illinois were trying to boost broccoli’s anti-cancer properties, they may have also found a way to extend the veggie’s shelf life. Jack Juvik, PhD, a professor in the crop sciences department at the university, whose study was recently published in PLOS ONE, says that putting one substance, methyl jasmonate (MeJA), on the crop before it’s harvested, and another, 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP), after the harvest ups the veggie’s cancer-fighting power-and makes the produce last longer.

Just how much longer-and more powerful? “We found that the combined treatment approximately doubled the shelf life when stored at standard refrigerator temperature from about 7 to 15 days while enhancing anticancer activity by 60%,” says Dr. Juvik.

More potentially good news-if you’re not a huge broccoli fan, that is. Elizabeth Jeffery, PhD, the study’s co-author and a nutrition professor also at the University of Illinois, says that it’ll take fewer servings per week than the current recommended three to five to cut your risk for certain cancers by 40 to 50%. “That’s the sort of direction we’d like to go with our research,” she says. “Our aim is to help farmers produce a crop that ensures people get all of the health benefits associated with broccoli.” [Read more...]

Seven Foods That Fight Inflammation and Belly Fat

Seven Foods That Fight Inflammation and Belly FatFruits and vegetables

All fruits and vegetables, due to their rich nutrient and fiber content, help to combat chronic inflammation, so make sure to include adequate amounts of these foods daily. Some types of fresh produce, however, are even more potent than others.

Some terrific anti-inflammatory fruits and vegetables to include in your meal plan include apples, berries, broccoli, mushrooms, papaya, pineapple, and spinach. [Read more...]

5 Super Bowl Snacks that Aren’t as Unhealthy as You Think

5 Super Bowl Snacks that Aren't as Unhealthy as You ThinkFor many of us, the fun of Super Bowl Sunday comes from watching the game, the commercials–and from enjoying 4+ hours of non-stop snacking! But not every football snack is an all-out calorie blitz. With the right game plan, you can indulge while keeping your tight end.

We looked at 10 of the top Super Bowl snacks and put them in a face-off to see which would win in terms of health. Here are our top 5 healthy picks for Super Bowl snacks.

Chicken wings (3 = 150 cals.) VS. Baby back ribs (1 = 170 cals.)

Winner: Wings!

Post-Game Analysis: Not only do you get to eat more for a similar number of calories, wings are lower in sat. fat (2 g vs. 4 g). [Read more...]

What Makes Ramen So Addicting?

What Makes Ramen So AddictingThe Philippines is undeniably mami country, but another noodle is quickly securing a foothold in Filipino diners’ gullets: Japanese ramen. Cheap and easy to make, ramen (like its Chinese counterpart) also boasts an ability to adapt an infinite array of ingredients into its makeup.

The similarity is more than coincidental—after all, ramen was first brought to Japan by Chinese immigrants in the late 1800s, many of whom retained a craving for a taste of home. Ramen was first served from a stall in Yokohama’s Chinatown, and quickly evolved to suit to Japanese tastes. [Read more...]

Which Food Help Ease Diabetes?

Which Food Help Ease DiabetesPopping prescribed pills to straighten out ailments is one way to get healthy. The other way, which is more natural and often more effective, is to have the right kind of diet. Fill your meals with food that’s chock full of nutrients and, one way or another, it’s bound to be good for you.

For example, do you have high blood pressure? You need more fiber in your diet; eat more kamote (sweet potatoes) and oat bran.

Scared of developing osteoporosis when you get older? Fortify your bones with calcium; have more broccoli and leafy greens with your meals. [Read more...]