A favorable diet for all men concerned about prostate health is a Modified Mediterranean. The benefit of this type of diet includes heart health, prostate health and as a mechanism to slow the aging process. Heart disease is prevalent in all ages but most commonly in men aged 40- 70. Similarly prostate disease is prevalent in all ages beginning as early as our teen years and extending throughout our adult lives. The diet is ideally intended for all men who want to prevent heart disease and prostate disease as they age. For men who already have heart or prostate disease it is never too late to start with a proper diet. Beyond the dietary commentary, I encourage prostate nutritional support with vitamins, regular daily exercise, and stress reduction.
Examples include but are not limited to: Oranges, Tangerines, Bananas, Cherries, Grapefruit, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Guava, Kiwi, Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, Cranberries, Papaya, Grapes, Apples, pomegranate, and plums. I think fresh whole fruit is better than drinking juice.
Fresh, never canned with the exception of tomato paste and stewed tomatoes. Examples include but are not limited to: Cruciferous vegetables belonging to the Brassica classification including - Broccoli, Broccolini, Brussels Sprouts, Kohlrabi, Kale, Collard Greens, Bok Choy, Mustard Greens, Cabbage, Cauliflower; Non-Brassica vegetables include but are not limited to: Tomatoes and Tomato related products including the aforementioned Tomato Paste, Stewed Tomatoes and Tomato Sauce; Peppers including Chili Pepper, Bell Pepper, Habanera Pepper etc; Onions, Peas, Carrots, Spinach, Beets,
String Beans, Mushrooms (Shitake, Portabella, Morel, Maitake, Oyster, Porcini etc.); Steamed, sautéed or Wok prepared vegetables are most nutritious; Limit Corn and Corn related products and recipes. Avoid fried onion rings.
Olive Oil is best; Canola Oil is an alternative where Olive Oil can’t be used; Avoid Palm oil, Coconut oil, Corn oil, Vegetable oil.
Garnish and/or integrate any dish with Garlic, Cucumbers, Lettuce, Celery, Curcumin, Cilantro, Pepper, Oregano, Ginger, Rosemary, Thyme, Parsley, Sage, mustard, relish pickles, olives. Avoid Mayonnaise and Creamy bread spreads
Cold water fish including but not limited to: Tuna fresh or canned (in water or olive oil), Wild Salmon whenever possible, Halibut, Sardines, and Mackerel; Turkey and Chicken (white meat only, without skin), Turkey bacon, Turkey sausage, Beans (all types), Egg whites and Peanut Butter; Scallops, Shrimp, Crab, Lobster and Calamari are OK depending on the preparation;
Avoid: Red Meat including Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Sausage, Chili with ground beef, Barbecued beef, Steaks, Prime Rib, Pork or Lamb, Wild Game, Chicken Wings, Sloppy Joes, Bacon, Pork Roll, Prosciutto, Pepperoni, Salami, Bologna, Head Cheese, Organ Meats, Spam,
Ham, Smoked Meats; Fish to avoid includes: Tile Fish (Tilapia), Sword Fish and Farm Raised Salmon
Non-fat Yogurt, Egg Whites or Egg Beaters, Skim Milk, Non-Fat Cheese, Non-fat Cottage Cheese; Avoid Fat associated with dairy including cheese, whole milk, half & half, cream, Ice cream, egg yolks, and cream sauces including but not limited to Hollandaise, Béarnaise, and Giblet gravy
Pasta and/or Carbohydrates
Whole wheat or rice is best while whole grain breads are encouraged; Moderate consumption of Pizza, while Whole Wheat crust is best when served with Pizza Sauce or Marinara; Brown Rice; Sweet Potatoes are preferred over white baking potatoes although the skins of both are nutritious; Skip simple pasta like spaghetti and noodles and avoid bread sticks, white bread, white rice and simple sugars such as refined white sugar and honey; Avoid: French Fries. Sugar Substitutes include: Splenda could be used for cooking
Fresh garden greens with cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, raisins, radishes, onions, peppers, olives, carrots, nuts and fresh vegetables to suit; the best dressing is extra virgin Olive oil and balsamic vinegar; Avoid other dressings. Avoid croutons.
Whole Wheat is best; Avoid crackers made with partially hydrogenated oils including but not limited to cottonseed oil and soy bean oil (trans-fats)
Tomato with vegetables, Tomato, chicken with rice, chicken noodle; Avoid creamy soups.
Seasonal berries or a piece of dark chocolate. Avoid pastries, cheese cake, cookies, ice cream and pies
Minimize or moderate intake of soy including Genistein and Diadzein components; Additional soy that may be consumed include low fat soy milk, miso, and tofu. Avoid soy sauce based on high salt content
Snack Foods (in moderation)
Non-fat Pretzels, Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Pistachios, Brazil Nuts, Almonds, Walnuts, Pecans, Filberts, Grapes, Dark Chocolate, Trail Mix (homemade), Dried Fruits, air-popped Popcorn, , a piece of fresh fruit; Avoid soft drinks, potato chips, corn chips, candy, milk chocolate, pork rinds, microwave popcorn, cookies.
A glass of red wine is fine; Minimize the intake of any alcoholic beverage including vodka, whiskey, tequila, gin, scotch, rum, beer.
Avoid: Milk shakes, soft drinks, cream liquors.
Consider supplements available in the vitamin store. The research behind the array of supplements available are sparse. In addition, production methods can vary widely. I am a supporter of Theralogix, which is owned by a urologist and takes the effort to only include agents best supported by the available literature. In addition, control of production is stressed.
Avoid frying in favor of broiled or baked
If you are trying to lose weight, especially for surgery, start every meal with an 8 ounce glass of water.
If you grill your dinner, do not over cook or burn what is to be consumed
Avoid the use of butter or margarine.