Q: What do you think about this new wonder food, the acai berry? Is it all it’s cracked up to be?
A: My goodness. I just got an e-mail from my mom the other day asking if the acai berry could help her lose those last 3 pounds. My answer to her was this: No.
Acai berry is the latest trendy fruit. Like many other fruits, it is high in antioxidants and fiber and has health benefits related to these factors. There’s no substantial research to support any of the claims that it is a “miracle fruit.”
That being said, any time something new and trendy comes out that makes people more interested in eating fruit, I’m all for it.
Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting www.beekman1802.com.
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