For men, the hormone that can be affected is testosterone (levels). Recent studies have demonstrated that low testosterone in men is strongly associated with metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (Miner and Seftel 2007). Male hormones help men beat stress, stay fit and have better sex. Their hormone levels need to be looked after as they age in the same way that women's hormones, especially oestrogen, need balancing to keep us healthy, energised and motivated. Our hormones drive our libido too.
They're found in pulses - legumes (adzuki beans, black beans, soybeans, anasazi beans, fava beans, chickpeas, kidney beans and lima beans) and lentils - as well as nuts . They're high in protein, low in fat and provide natural fibre in your diet to help clear and prevent Oestrogen reabsorption in your body.
My favourite Hummus
What's in it
100g organic Tahini
4 cloves of garlic
60ml lemon juice
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
100ml olive oil
1/2 teaspoon chilli oil
How to make it
Soak the chickpeas overnight in cold water & cover. Ensure the bowl is large enough as the peas swell. You can use canned chickpeas which are already cooked. I find chickpeas easy to soak and you don't have to worry about the possible affects of the plastic lined can. Just pop the dried peas into a bowl before you go to bed.
Drain the peas. There's no need to de-hull, and in a saucepan cover with cold water and cook for 30 mins or until soft. Drain and keep a bit of cooking water. Cool a bit.
Blend the chickpeas, tahini, garlic, lemon juice, sea salt and cumin. I add more salt and cumin, if necessary, after tasting. The paste can be quite thick, so add cooking water or just water, to soften, then drizzle in olive oil and chilli oil. Make sure you don't overdo the chilli oil. Just keep adding water to get the consistency you prefer. (I find it doesn't need a lot of water.)
Sprinkle with shredded parsley or coriander and serve. It can be stored for up to a week.
It's great to eat with salads; as a dip with carrot, celery or zucchini; on sandwiches, if you're eating bread, instead of butter. As an accompaniment to almost anything. It's so satisfying, filling and nourishing. I eat it every day in some way.
Happy eating and snacking!