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What’s the Most Beneficial Food?

What’s the Most Beneficial Food?

Q: If you had to chose one food that everyone should incorporate into their diet what would it be?

A: This is a loaded question, as I always encourage people to eat a well-balanced diet. However, the one nutrient that has the most health benefits and is generally under-represented in the American diet is fiber. Adults should get 35 grams a day. If you monitored your diet for a day, you’re likely to find that you fall far short of this goal.

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, raise goats, and make goat milk soap 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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4:26PM PST on Jan 6, 2013

Thank you Dr. Brent, for sharing this!

12:46PM PST on Dec 27, 2012


2:46PM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

Interesting, TY.

3:25AM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

interesting, thanks for sharing

5:25PM PDT on May 26, 2011

Awesome picture. It is so important to eat a well balance diet. Thanks for sharing this great information.

2:44PM PST on Feb 4, 2011


4:33AM PDT on Sep 3, 2010


3:02PM PDT on Jun 5, 2010

I once read it was cranberry.

4:30PM PDT on Jun 2, 2010

Fiber is what keeps things moving happily along.

5:55AM PDT on Jun 1, 2010

Flax seed (it has to be ground up) is a great way to enhance one's fiber.

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