Meat consumption is associated with manliness, vigor and virility, while fruit and vegetable consumption is associated with tree-hugging dainties. While these fanciful stereotypes and notions that are not based on reality abound, more and more meat-eating men are losing their sense of manliness to the likes of Type 2 diabetes. A recent study reported in 2014 involved a few thousand men who were led to increase their consumption of fruit, berries, and vegetables. The study concluded that the men who increased their intake of fruit, berries, and vegetables decreased their risk of Type 2 diabetes. Manliness and masculinity can be associated with anything, but good health that is the result of truly healthy living ought to be closer to the top of the list.


Mursu J, Virtanen JK, Tuomainen TP, Nurmi T, Voutilainen S. Intake of fruit, berries, and vegetables and risk of type 2 diabetes in Finnish men: the Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014 Feb;99(2):328-33. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.113.069641. Epub 2013 Nov 20. PubMed PMID: 24257723.