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Dietitian Digs into Womens' Health Trends

Erica Christ adresses common concerns in nutrition

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Greenwich, CT | Added on November 14, 2013 At 04:51 PM

A local dietitian took an in-depth look at some of the newest diet-trends among women at Greenwich Hospital on Wednesday. 

As a registered dietitian at Greenwich Hospital, who has worked in the field for about 13 years Erica Christ, says it's important for women to personalize their diet plan directly to their needs.  

"There's so much information out there," said Christ. "Its hard to decipher what's true, what's not, what works, and really personalizing a plan with a registered dietitian is the healthiest thing to do."  

"If I'm going to choose an animal product, that I would be sure it's organic," said Nancy Duffy. 

"When I do eat animal protein," said Greenwich Resident Dale Troy. "I often find things at stores or prepared foods and it's clearly not organic and I may think twice about doing that."  

She says contrary to public concern, she has not seen an increase in any type of bacterial infection from people eating organic fruits and vegetables versus those treated with pesticides. She also tells us menopause and weight changes are the most common concern among women trying to maintain a balance diet. 

"Their struggle with losing weight," said Christ. "Losing body fat and maintaining their muscle mass, while people who've exercised and have eaten healthy for years and all of a sudden going through menopause throws their body out of whack and their weight changes because of it and their challenge is with weight maintenance change as well."

Christ tells us many women on strict juicing diets can potentially struggle will certain illnesses, especially if they lack essential proteins. She says one of the body's defense mechanisms can be found simply in chewing fruits and vegetables rather then blending them.  

"Your body starts the digestion process and in that process in that beginning part of digestion," said Christ. "Certain disease fighting properties are release from certain plant foods so when you eliminate the chewing from the intake of fruits and vegetables, you're eliminating that opportunity to release different phytochemicals or disease fighting properties from those foods." 


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