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Key foods can help men avoid certain diseases

Posted at 9:11 AM, Jun 04, 2013
and last updated 2020-08-20 12:18:35-04

Let's face it, men don't always eat as healthy as they should. 

But some simple changes to their diet can help them avoid some serious health issues.

The next time you're at the grocery store, filling up the cart with certain foods can benefit the men in your life.

Nicole Stoklosa, a registered dietician for Shop Rite says foods in the produce section can help men avoid everything from heart disease, diabetes, and prostate cancer.

"Lots of fruits and veggies, 5 a day in your diet and you want to make sure you're getting a nice variety, different colors."

The color red often points to lycopene, an important antioxidant that can help prevent prostate cancer.

Stoklosa says, "It's found in tomato products but it's also found in red colored foods as well so watermelon... And it's an antioxidant that can help with prevention of prostate cancer in men."

Berries are also a great source of antioxidants and fiber. Fiber helps prevent diabetes, and improves digestion. The skin on apples and pears are packed with fiber. And so are foods containing 100% whole wheat or whole grain.

Stoklosa says fiber "helps regulate blood sugar, it helps keep your heart healthy so keeps those arteries nice and clean so it can help with the prevention of heart disease and diabetes."

When it comes to protein, instead of loading up on meat, some healthier choices are beans and tuna.

Nuts provide a healthy fat for your heart.

If you're struggling with high blood pressure, bananas can do a lot of good.

Stoklosa says, "These are a great source of potassium and along with lower sodium diet that mix of higher potassium and lower sodium can really help with your heart."

Shop Rite has dieticians on hand to offer free nutrition services while you shop.