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Men’s Health Magazine: 125 Best Foods for Men – Really????

Men's Health Magazine: 125 Best Foods for Men - Really????

When I heard that Men’s Health magazine recently came out with its 125 Best Foods for Men, I was very curious to see what they selected. In terms of the process and criteria, the magazine “analyzed more than 1,000 supermarket foods and awarded points for products that are low in calories and high in protein […]

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When I heard that Men’s Health magazine recently came out with its 125 Best Foods for Men, I was very curious to see what they selected.

In terms of the process and criteria, the magazine “analyzed more than 1,000 supermarket foods and awarded points for products that are low in calories and high in protein and fiber, and made with whole ingredients.”

Additionally, “the packaged food for consideration must be nationally available at supermarkets in at least a majority of the 50 U.S. states. Products with limited or online-only availability will not be considered for inclusion.”

Before even taking one look at the list, my initial thoughts were:

1) I don’t know how the 125 Best Foods for Men could include anything but organic food products.

2) I don’t know how any food that contains GMOs could be on the list.

GMOs carry incredible health risks and are laden with toxic pesticides. If anything, foods that contain GMOs should be on the 125 Worst Foods for Men.


While there was a good number of organic products on the list, including milk, meats, and crackers, there were several other picks that really caught my eye. And I don’t say this in a good way.

1) The Best Cereal was Kellogg’s Fiber Plus Cinnamon Oat Crunch. This choice was a complete and utter joke.

Some of the ingredients include “sugar, soluble corn fiber, corn bran, artificial flavor, and BHT for freshness.”

Sugar is horrible for a person, the corn is most likely to be genetically-modified, and BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene, a petroleum-based synthetic preservative) has been shown in studies to “increase the risk of cancer as well as accumulate in body tissue, cause liver enlargement, and retard the rate of DNA synthesis and thus, cell development.”

(It should be noted that Kellogg’s recently donated nearly $800,000 in order to defeat Proposition 37, California’s GMO-labeling initiative, and is one of many brands that I am boycotting.)

2) There were three kinds of yogurt on the list (plain, flavored, probiotic) but none selected was organic.

This means that there is a good chance that the milk used in this yogurt was taken from animals who received recombinant bovine growth hormones (rBGH).

Dr. Samuel Epstein, Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition, an international leading authority on the causes and prevention of cancer, and the author of  What’s In Your Milk?: An Exposé of Industry and Government Cover-Up on the Dangers of Genetically Engineered (rBGH) Milk, warns that:

– rBGH makes cows sick. Monsanto, who used to own the patents to rBGH, was forced to admit to about 20 toxic effects, including mastitis, when rBGH had been administered to cows to make them produce more milk.

– rBGH milk is contaminated by pus, due to mastitis (an infection of the udder commonly induced by the hormone), and also by antibiotics used to treat the mastitis.

– rBGH milk is chemically and nutritionally different than natural milk.

– Excess levels of IGF-1 have been incriminated in well-documented scientific publications as causes of breast, colon and prostate cancers.

3) The Best Protein Powder was Optimum Nutrition’s 100% Gold Standard Double Rich Chocolate.

I went to Optimum Nutrition’s website and the full ingredient list was nowhere to be found.

So, after more digging, I located the ingredients on Muscle & Strength, an e-tailer of supplements, and found that this product contains “protein blend (whey protein isolates, whey protein concentrate, whey peptides), cocoa (processed with alkali), artificial flavors, soy lecithin, acesulfame potassium, Aminogen®, lactase.”

The very first thing that educated shoppers of whey protein look for is whether the product contains rBGH.

Brands that don’t use rBGH very proudly put this on their labels, as Tera’s Whey and Solgar, respectively, do below.

Since there is absolutely no mention of rBGH on Optimum Nutrition’s website, one must assume that its whey does contain rBGH.


– The soy lecithin is most likely to be genetically-modified.

– The product contains artificial flavors.

– Cocoa processed with alkali dramatically reduces the amount of flavonoids.

– Acesulfame potassium is an artificial sweetener.

– Aminogen is some type of patented, and presumably synthetic, digestive enzyme.


How do products with artificial sweeteners, artificial flavors, and synthetic preservatives make the 125 Best Foods for Men list, given that Men’s Health clearly stated that the products selected must be “whole foods”?

There can be two possible explanations for this.

First, the judges at Men’s Health never bothered to investigate the ingredients of the products that they selected.

Two, the products selected are advertisers in the magazine.

While the list of 125 did contain several organic brands, the fact that a health magazine named the products above, and other very questionable ones, to its 125 Best Foods for Men is nothing short of a disgrace.

To see the full list of the Men’s Health magazine’s 125 Best Foods for Men, click HERE.

Please comment below about what you think of the products chosen. What products do you agree with? What products do you not agree with?


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