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1/9/02

Five Most Important Foods for Men and Women

The next time you go to the grocery store, you may need to take a him and her list. It's in Reader's Digest this month -- a list of the five most important foods for men and women. Here's the list with some input from a nutritionist. As usual, women go first.

Five Most Important Foods for Women

  1. Papaya -- "Papaya's a great source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is essential in maintaining the health of the bones and the health of the skin. It's an antioxidant nutrient," says nutritionist Cheryl Foreman. Papaya has also been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer.
  2. Flaxseed -- A tiny, reddish brown seed. Research shows that flaxseed is rich in estrogen-like compounds that may help fight breast cancer.
  3. Tofu -- "One of the reasons it ends up on the list for women is because soy foods have been linked to lower rates of osteoporosis," says Foreman. Tofu also helps reduce the rates of breast cancer and reduces the symptoms of menopause.
  4. Buffalo Meat -- This item is a little pricey, and it is sometimes hard to find. Studies show that lean bison can drastically reduce anemia in menstruating women.
  5. Collard Greens -- "They're an excellent source of Vitamin K. They're also great sources of Vitamin C, wonderful sources of potassium, and good sources of fiber as well," says Foreman. Vitamins also seem to help protect women's bones from hip fractures.

Five Most Important Foods for Men

  1. Tomato Sauce -- A Harvard University study says that men who eat a lot of tomatoes, tomato sauce, or even pizza at least once a week, may actually be getting a leg up in preventing prostate cancer.
  2. Oysters -- "Oysters are an excellent source of zinc, and zinc has actually been linked to reproductive health in men," says nutritionist Cheryl Foreman. Some studies show eating two to three oysters a day boosts both testosterone levels and sperm count in men.
  3. Broccoli -- "What they were looking at is, it's a cruciferous vegetable, and cruciferous vegetables have long been known to reduce the risk of cancer," says Foreman.
  4. Peanut Butter -- Some researchers say that a diet high in peanuts can help reduce the risk of heart disease.
  5. Watermelon -- Cheryl says one slice of watermelon has more potassium than an entire banana. Research suggests that foods rich in potassium can reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

Of course, before you stock up on peanuts and buffalo meat, talk to your doctor. These are just guidelines of good foods that may otherwise go overlooked when you're shopping. By the way, Cheryl Foreman says she thinks that the important food list lacks protein, so that needs to be added.

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