The 20 Fittest Foods

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The 20 Fittest Foods

We count down the absolute best foods to pile on your plate.

83 calories per cup

Eat 4 servings per week

Yes, it's true that tomatoes used to be called "love apples" and have a reputation as a powerful aphrodisiac. But that lore has nothing to do with why we picked the tomato as the best food for sexual health. Rather, tomatoes win their place on our chart-and their relatively high ranking overall-because of a single nutrient: lycopene.

This powerful antioxidant, which comes from the pigment that gives tomatoes their red color, may actually help fight off a number of diseases and ailments-most important for men, prostate cancer. Numerous studies show that men who have the most tomatoes and tomato-based products in their diet are less likely to develop prostate problems than men who rarely eat the stuff. And the good news for guys on the run: Tomatoes are also that rare food that's more nutritious when cooked than when eaten raw. " lycopene="" becomes="" more="" bio-available="" to="" the="" body="" after="" it's="" been="" heated,"="" says="" nutritionist="" david="" ricketts,="" a="" prostate-cancer="" sufferer="" who="" used="" his="" disease="" as="" motivation="" for="" writing="" cookbook=""

<a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/topics/sexual-health>sexual health. Rather, tomatoes win their place on our chart-and their relatively high ranking overall-because of a single nutrient: lycopene.

This powerful antioxidant, which comes from the pigment that gives tomatoes their red color, may actually help fight off a number of diseases and ailments-most important for men, prostate cancer. Numerous studies show that men who have the most tomatoes and tomato-based products in their diet are less likely to develop prostate problems than men who rarely eat the stuff. And the good news for guys on the run: Tomatoes are also that rare food that's more nutritious when cooked than when eaten raw. " lycopene="" becomes="" more="" bio-available="" to="" the="" body="" after="" it's="" been="" heated,"="" says="" nutritionist="" david="" ricketts,="" a="" prostate-cancer="" sufferer="" who="" used="" his="" disease="" as="" motivation="" for="" writing="" cookbook="" 4 Filling, Low-Calorie Foods>>>

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