Before retiring, Marla Ahlgrimm spent four decades helping women with all aspects of hormone and general health. In today’s brief interview, Ahlgrimm touches on nutrition and why healthy eating is so important for women in all stages of life.
Q: Why is protein so important?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Proteins and amino acids are present in every cell of the body and help turn food into energy and break down toxins. The human body generates some protein, but not enough to give the body the amino acids it needs for everyday performance. Good sources of protein include eggs, red meat, fish, poultry, nut butters, dairy products, and beans.
Q: What is the difference between healthy and unhealthy carbohydrates?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Carbohydrates can be broken down into two categories: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates should be limited and include those found in corn syrups, brown sugar, honey, white sugar, and maple syrup. Complex carbohydrate, which are found in fruits, vegetables, peas, beans, and corn, include dietary fiber and offer the body sustained energy.
Q: Does the body really need fat to function properly?
Marla Ahlgrimm: Absolutely! Many of your vital organs, such as the brain, are made up of or are protected by fat deposits. Fat is used as a source of energy and also helps the body absorb a number of vitamins from food. However, not all fats are created equal with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats being the most body-friendly. Trans fats, which are often found in processed food, should be consumed in extreme moderation because they can build up in the arteries and create a host of health problems.
Q: Which fruits and vegetables are the healthiest?
Marla Ahlgrimm: As a general rule, you can’t go wrong by filling your plate with anything that grows. Even the sweetest fruits contain dietary fibers, which can balance natural sugars. Dark, leafy greens are exceptional sources of fiber and colorful vegetables, such as peppers and tomatoes, are packed with nutrients and antioxidants.