The Superhero Diet
Spider-Man and Batman are both soaring into movie theatres this summer. They're buff, tough and ready to kick some serious butt -- but doesn't saving the planet leave them starving? Arizona-based dietitian Karen Graham breaks down how much food one day in their super lifestyles would require. The short answer: a lot.
(aka Peter Parker)
Weight: 167 lbs.
To Lift Up to 10 Tons: Peter requires lots and lots of protein to maintain his Spidey strength: 12 eggs, 3 turkey legs, 3 salmon fillets and 7 chicken breasts a day.
To Outrun a Fast Car: This superhero gets revved up with energizing, high-quality carbs, like 12 sweet potatoes, 5 cups brown rice and 10 cups oatmeal.
To Scale Buildings and Swing from Webs: He gets all his stamina from nonstop snacking: 5 bananas, 5 oranges, 5 cups broccoli and 15 cups raw spinach.
Estimated Daily Calorie Intake: 19,052
(aka Bruce Wayne)
Weight: 210 lbs.
To Run Wayne Enterprises and Hack into Computers: This job is all about optimal brain function, so he needs foods high in omega-3s: 2 salmon fillets, 1 cup walnuts and 2 oz. chia seeds.
To Keep up His Muscle-Building Regimen: Holy protein, Batman! To build muscle, he'll want 2 chicken breasts, 6 eggs, 1 cup walnuts, 2 salmon fillets, 2 cups broccoli and 3 cups spinach.
To Defeat Villains in Hand-to-Hand Combat: High-fiber carbs -- like 2 cups oatmeal and 2 bananas -- will boost his energy.
Estimate Daily Calorie Intake: 4,826