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The Best and Worst Foods a Man Can Eat

We rate 54 common foods, so you always know what's on your plate.

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SNACKS

BUTTERED POPCORN
A perfectly healthy whole-grain snack gone horribly wrong when drenched in butter or sugar. Eat it plain and it rates a B. Rating: F

CHOCOLATE MILK
Chocolate milk may be one of the best post-workout recovery drinks around, thanks to its high quality combo of protein and carbs--two nutrients in short supply after a hard bout of exercise. Rating: B

MUFFINS
Sounds virtuous, but a bakery-sized "Honey Bran Raisin" packs nearly 500 calories and 25% of the day's fat and carb grams. Rating: D

ANCHOVIES
Your pizza could do worse: These small, silvery fish are packed with the essential amino acids your body needs for muscle growth but can't produce on its own. Rating: B

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BERRIES
Compounds in fresh berries work like Drano, inhibiting the buildup of "bad" LDL cholesterol in your pipes. Rating: A

PEANUT BUTTER
Don't fear the fat factor. A 2,700-calorie diet (average for an active guy) permits more than 90 g daily. So spoon it from the jar--just stick to golf ball size servings. Rating: B

BRAZIL NUTS
Crunching a few of these selenium-rich Amazons may help south of your equator, reducing their risk of advanced prostate cancer by 50% a Harvard study reports. Rating: B

PRETZELS
A large, soft pretzel can set you back nearly 500 calories. Ten twisty hard types will do half that damage but are still high in salt. Rating: D

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