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Foods to Avoid for Men Over 40

3. Sugar-free candy can cause liver damage I don’t know of many men who don’t have a sweet tooth. But your sugar intake needs to be… Rina - October 25, 2020
Over 40 Foods to Avoid for Men Over 40 and Why To Avoid Them.
It sounds like a good idea in theory. Shutterstock.

3. Sugar-free candy can cause liver damage

I don’t know of many men who don’t have a sweet tooth. But your sugar intake needs to be cut drastically when you reach your 40s. Many people opt for sugar-free candies and foods to try to taper their sugar intake. It sounds like a good idea in theory.

Sick human liver. Freepik

Seeing that the artificial sweeteners have a much more reduced effect on your blood-sugar levels and can be used as a tool to lose weight. However, you might want to weight a few side effects before going sugar-free. To begin with, there have been cases where the person develops an upset stomach, and the candy acts more like a laxative. The waistline is another area affected, seeing that the liver can’t do its job properly anymore.

Over 40 Foods to Avoid for Men Over 40 and Why To Avoid Them.
MSG is one of the ingredients used to enhance the flavor. Shutterstock.

2. Doritos have flavor enhancers

Let’s face it: Doritos are amazing. They taste like heaven, and you can polish off a freshly opened bag in no time. This is all well and good when you are younger and your body can handle the calories, but when you hit your 40s, you need to control your portion sizes much better. Your body is amazing and very adaptable. It also learns how to get along with much less and use fewer calories as it gets older.

Man holds his fat tummy. Freepik

Doritos do not play well into this scenario, as MSG is one of the ingredients used to enhance the flavor. It also increases your craving for more, exactly the reason you just can’t seem to stop eating once you open the bag. You have much less control over your portion sizes, and your waistline is the thing that gets punished.

Over 40 Foods to Avoid for Men Over 40 and Why To Avoid Them.
You will pick up extra pounds in no time. Shutterstock.

1. Jerky has monounsaturated fats

Jerky isn’t necessarily everyone’s favorite snack, but for those who enjoy the taste of cured meats, be mindful of the jerky. When jerky is hung to dry, it has to be preserved or it will become moldy and rot.  These preservatives and spices are very high in sodium, which is not your heart’s friend. The Paleo diet is a newer fad among fitness fanatics, and jerky is among the top foods prescribed as a workout snack.

middle aged man suffered from heart attack. Freepik

The reason for its popularity is the protein that it provides. In small quantities, jerky is not that bad for you, and those who love it will tell you that it is very difficult to keep to a prescribed serving. Due to the monounsaturated fats in jerky, it doesn’t raise insulin levels and therefore doesn’t trigger the body to store fat. However, too much jerky can have the opposite effect and you will pick up extra pounds in no time.

Over 40 Foods to Avoid for Men Over 40 and Why To Avoid Them.
Maintaining a healthy weight and a eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables. Shutterstock.

Consider Healthier Options

It’s important to have a high-quality diet of lean protein, whole grains, and fruits and vegetables. Processed foods lead to weight gain, so the less processed the food you eat, the better. And the more satisfied you could end up being. Choose a variety of vegetables, including dark green, red and orange, beans and peas, starchy and non-starchy. Eat a variety of fruits. Include grains in your daily diet. Half of your grains should be whole grains. Stick to fat-free or low-fat dairy. 

Eating healthy is a great way to take care of your eyes. Pxfuel.

Have protein at every meal.  Use healthy oils, such as olive oil. Doing regular physical activity, reducing stress levels, maintaining a healthy weight and a eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables and polyunsaturated fats all help keep our blood vessels healthy. Fibre is found in grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables. You can find 3.3g of fibre in 100g of cooked broccoli, while the same amount of brown rice has 1.8g, cooked quinoa 2.8g and spinach 2.4g. Eating the white fluffy part of a baked potato can provide 1.3g per 100g; having the skin too increases that to 2.9g.

Over 40 Foods to Avoid for Men Over 40 and Why To Avoid Them.
“Unhealthy,” like cheese, butter, sugar, or pizza. Unhealthy diet includes overeating of fatty and greasy food, and of milk products, sweet foods, and highly flavoured food. Shutterstock.

In Summary

While some people will do fine with sugary foods, high-fat foods, and processed snacks, other people might find that their stomachs object. The same could be said for dairy, tomatoes, spicy foods, or really anything. Certain foods have been cast out as “unhealthy,” like cheese, butter, sugar, or pizza. Unhealthy diet includes overeating of fatty and greasy food, and of milk products, sweet foods, highly flavoured food, too pungent food, leading to the formation of Damp-Heat.

Choose a variety of vegetables, including dark green, red and orange, beans and peas, starchy and non-starchy.
Eat a variety of fruits. Include grains in your daily diet. Half of your grains should be whole grains. Stick to fat-free or low-fat dairy. Have protein at every meal.  Use healthy oils, such as olive oil.

Where did we find this stuff? Here are our sources:

https://www.eatthis.com
https://bestlifeonline.com
https://www.cheatsheet.com
https://msn.com
https://www.eatright.org
https://heart.org
https://www.mensjournal.com
https://www.menshealth.com

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