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Acai Berry, Trendy Fruit or Wonder Food?

Acai Berry, Trendy Fruit or Wonder Food?

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

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As an undergraduate, Dr. Brent Ridge majored in public health and environmental science, studying the way the state of the natural environment impacts our health choices. As a physician, he specializes in the field of aging. Send your health questions to Dr. Brent at


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12:11PM PDT on May 5, 2013


9:41AM PDT on May 5, 2013

Thanks for sharing

6:00PM PDT on May 4, 2013

Another gimmick surely

12:02PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013


12:32AM PDT on Mar 30, 2013


5:10PM PDT on Mar 29, 2013

good to know

10:36AM PDT on Mar 29, 2013


7:13PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012


3:36AM PDT on May 6, 2012

trendy and probably very expensive

9:05PM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

Great info. Thanks for sharing.

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