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 www.beekman1802.com.

Got a health question for Dr. Brent? E-mail him at drbrent@care2.com.


Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra3 years ago

Thank you Dr. Brent, for sharing this!

Terry V.
Terry V3 years ago


LMj Sunshine

Interesting, TY.

Patricia H.
Patricia H.4 years ago

interesting, thanks for sharing

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

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

Rosie Lopez
Rosie Lopez5 years ago


Mari Basque
Mari 's6 years ago


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W6 years ago

I once read it was cranberry.

Philippa P.
Philippa P6 years ago

Fiber is what keeps things moving happily along.

Suzanne C.
S C6 years ago

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