With Father’s Day around the corner, it’s a great time to celebrate the men in our lives. Men need the right foods to stay healthy and keep up a good exercise program, whether they’re young, old or in between. Here are four must-eats for men:
- Salmon: A 3-ounce serving supplies a hefty dose of good quality protein needed for rebuilding muscles following tough exercise. A serving also meets 100 percent of need for the essential omega-3 fats crucial in heart health and a healthy immune system.
- Spring salad mix: Arugula, romaine and other deep green lettuces provide folic acid, a B vitamin that men need for healthy circulation and heart protection. Studies show that men who eat greens also gain protection against an age-related loss of vision called macular degeneration.
- Berries: Strawberries, blueberries and the like are a top source of vitamin C and potassium, which studies show help promote healthy blood pressure. Boys, teens and young adult men who eat at least three servings of berries and other fruit daily (one cup or a medium piece of fruit) are less likely to gain weight with age and become obese.
- Beans: From lentil and garbanzo to black and navy, beans contain mighty water-soluble fiber. This fiber type not only lowers blood cholesterol levels and promotes heart health, but may also help maintain normal blood sugar levels and ward off diabetes.