Men are typically meat-eaters because of the perception that more protein equals more muscle mass. That is not the case unless exercise is involved.
Men tend to view red meat as more masculine than other proteins; often this leads them to “order the steak.” It’s not the steak that’s unhealthy, it’s skipping the whole grains and vegetables. In addition, excessive meat eating is linked to heart disease and colorectal cancer in men.
Eat red meat less frequently. Instead, focus on more fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products to help you manage weight. Obesity increases your risk of developing high blood pressure by 8 times. Cut down on saturated fat from meat, cheese and fried foods. Instead, opt for foods with unsaturated fat, heart-healthy fats such as avocados, olive oil, canola oil, nuts and seeds.
For young men, nutrition isn't always a focus. There are many transitions going on at this point in life; busy schedules and new environments can lead to unhealthy eating habits such as skipping meals or snacks; eating only fast food; overeating; and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol.
Along with inconsistent eating patterns, young men may experience weight gain or a lack of energy. Take steps to avoid these unhealthy pitfalls.
To fuel a young active mind and body, the key is balance. Follow a healthy eating plan featuring lean protein, vegetables and whole-grains. Have fruits and low-fat dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt for snacks. By eating well now, you can lessen your risk of health-related problems later.
For breakfast, try a bowl of calcium-fortified cereal in fat-free milk, with sliced Chiquita bananas on top. It’s a delicious way to start the day.
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