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Gender Foods

Okay, we all know eating fruits and vegetables is important for long term health and longevity for everyone. However, a question -- and some probable answers -- has come up.

Are some foods better for men while others are better for women?

According to an issue of Readers Digest -- yes!

The top five food men need most:

Male

1. Tomato sauce. Men who eat tomato sauce two to four times a week have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer.

2. Broccoli. Five servings of cruciferous vegetables per week will cut the risk of bladder cancer in half.

3. Oysters. The zinc found in oysters - an oft-touted aphrodisiac - helps with reproductive health.

4. Peanut butter. Monounsaturated fat found here helps lower cholesterol and battle heart disease.

5. Watermelon. Chock full of potassium, which fights high blood pressure.

Uh-Oh! It appears women get a raw deal in this one as the food for men looks a lot more appealing! Not to mention, far more common.

The top five food women need most:

Female

1. Papaya. Eating papaya fights gall bladder disease.

2. Flaxseed. Filled with estrogen-like compounds called lignans, it has shown to slow tumor growth in women with breast cancer.

3. Tofu. The high soy protein content can lower cholesterol and minimize hot flashes.

4. Buffalo meat. Provides a low-fat alternative and a dose of iron lost in menstruation.

5. Collard greens. Women who eat foods rich in vitamin K have a 30-percent less chance to have bone fractures.


Matching Calories to Activity Levels

Following are some general guidelines for calorie consumption based on activity:

  • A typical male in the 30 to 40-age range weighing 200 pounds could consume about 2,400 calories a day if he were sedentary. A more active man could consume about 2.700 calories a day and a very active man 3,000 calories or more, depending on how active he is.
  • On the flip side, men trying to lose weight should limit calories to 1,700 to 2,000 a day depending on level of activity, and no more than 70 grams of fat. A typical female in the same age range weighing 150 pounds could consume not more than about 1,800 calories per day if sedentary. active man 3,000 calories or more, depending on how active he is.
  • A woman who was somewhat active could consume 2,000 calories a day and a woman who was very active could consume about 2.400 calories daily. active man 3,000 calories or more, depending on how active he is.
  • The flip side for women: Women trying to lose weight should consume 1,300 calories a day. Those calories should include no more than 50 grams of fat.

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