MSNBC posted a great slide viewer on where the healthiest men in the world live and how they live their lives.
Here’s the Nutrition information:
Where men are well fed
What went into the scores: We looked at each country’s per capita consumption of fish, vegetables, fruit, breakfast, tea, sweets, and take-out and fast food.
GREECE: Make vegetables a main event
Greek Orthodox men eat their greens religiously: Some go meatless half the year. “So they create tasty vegetarian dishes,” says Elena Paravantes, R.D., of the Hellenic Dietetic Association. Since these dishes are popular, so is produce.
What you can learn from Greece: “Stop trying to eat all your vegetables as sides,” says Paravantes. To that end, try this Greek stew, called ladera. Boil a pound of frozen green beans for 3 minutes, and then drain. Sauté a chopped onion in olive oil, and add a can of crushed tomatoes, a pinch of sugar, and some parsley. Cook for 10 minutes, add the beans and simmer for 20 minutes. Top with feta and serve with whole-grain bread. For more recipes, go to MensHealth.com, keyword world.
PORTUGAL: Keep a stash of seafood
Thanks to their country’s endless coastline, Portuguese men eat a serving of fish a day. That’s enough omega-3 fatty acid to reduce their risk of heart disease and possibly prostate cancer.
What you can learn from Portugal: The hardest part of eating more seafood is the forethought needed to buy and prepare it. Supplement the times when you cook or order fish with a cache of ready-to-eat tuna in your desk drawer. We like Bumble Bee’s Easy Peel Sensations in Lemon and Pepper and Spicy Thai Chili.