7 Foods Men Should Eat More of—and 5 That Should Be Avoided

You might make the gym every so often, or hit the links on nice weekends. Nice start, but it's the foods you eat, guys—and the ones you skip—that really impact your health.

Eat more: fatty fish

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No matter how old you get, how long you can run, how much iron you pump, or how many expert tips you follow for your heart, the old ticker is always going to need a little extra TLC, according to registered dietitian Cara Walsh. You want to make sure that your circulation is strong so you can keep moving at whatever pace you set for yourself. Fatty fish—like salmon, tuna, trout, and sardines—are good additions to your meal plan, she says. "The healthy omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are a good source of Vitamin D, which is especially low in men's diets should be eaten at least twice a week," she notes.

Eat less: junk food

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You probably don't need us to remind you that your late-night or last-minute junk food cravings are not the best idea for your health, considering your girlfriend, sister, or mom already give you a hard time about it. But, especially as you age, french fries, cookies, and sugar-filled baked goods can raise your risk for life-altering conditions, according to Walsh. "French fries are cooked in unhealthy oils, a major cause of heart attacks. The potatoes themselves are not that healthy and eating too many of them can increase a man's insulin levels," she explains. "And cookies, muffins, and doughnuts are filled with insane amounts of sugar. All baked goods cause rapid weight gain and poor digestive function." Just be sure to avoid the worst foods you could ever hope to eat.

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