It’s true when they say men are from Mars and women are from Venus.
This weeks blog will cover foods that men should avoid.
Both men and women are constantly exposed to unnatural ingredients that would not have been available in over the decades.
These foods effect the males hormone, immune system, blood pressure and overall heart health.
This should be high on your list of foods to avoid. Eating too much is associated with a variety of health problems including heart disease and stroke.
The following food should be minimal in your dieting fatty meats, dairy products and processed meats. Omega-3 fats are a great alternative and can be found in fatty fish, fish oil and flax seed oil.
Another more healthier alternative is monounsaturated fats, this can be found in olive oil, canola oil and walnuts. Other forms of vegetable oils are high in polyunsaturated fats and should also be avoided.
We all need sodium, the issue is that we are consuming an excessive amount of sodium. Too much sodium leads to an increase risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and high blood pressure.
If your blood pressure is 120/75 or lower consistently, there is no evidence that you need to monitor your sodium consumption. If it is high you should monitor and be cautious of the types of food you are choosing to eat and avoid any canned products, boxed or frozen meals, variety of cheese, soft drinks and fast food/chain.
Some cities across America have banned trans fats but it is still widely found in commercially produced foods and deep fried foods.
Level s of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol are raised in the blood level, this contributes to fatty deposits in our arteries which leads to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
You will find that store purchase cookies, chips, snack foods and cakes include trans fats such as hydrogenated oil and should be avoided.
We have saved the most concerning till last…
Soy food is promoted as a health food and due to it’s high protein it is becoming increasingly popular.
There are two key components to the soy protein, genistein and daidzein, they closely resemble the female hormone estrogen which causes the male hormones to become unbalanced.
Studies have found that a high soy intake impacted on the sperm count, lowered testosterone, erectile dysfunction and development of breast tissue.
In some cases when the soy protein intake had ceased the demasculinising and feminising effects did not reverse.
If that doesn’t convince you to stop the soy lattes, we don’t know what will!
A note for mothers, the demasculinising effects can start from infancy! In some countries, including Australia it is officially recommended against soy based baby formulas.
This we know you don’t want to hear but alcohol consumption should be lowered as it reduces the secretion of testosterone. We will leave you on this note!
Snacking can be the worst part of planning your daily meals and avoiding the above can be a challenge. Read out blog about the best snacks and how often you should be snacking. Click here to read more.