Dr. Donald Hensrud on Diet and Nutrition

This Mayo Clinic Medical Edge Weekend episode features Dr. Donald Hensrud on diet and nutrition.

Medical Edge Weekend 3-5-11



  1. Posted March 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Permalink

    We have heard before that certain foods can help prevent ailments and cancers. If there were one food that you would suggest that we eat at least on a weekly basis, what would that food be and why?

    Thank you.

    • jstreed
      Posted March 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for your question. Below is a reply from Dr. Hensrud:

      There are so many foods we should regularly eat, each with their own benefits that it is difficult to say just one. A related issue is we need many different nutrients so not one food can provide everything we need and we should eat a variety of foods from the different food groups.

      I’ll take the challenge and, acknowledging the above, commit to dark leafy greens such as mixed baby greens, spinach, arugula, red leaf lettuce, etc. The reasons why are 1) they are high in nutrients and phytochemicals and are associated with health benefits, 2) they are very low in calories, particularly for the amount of nutrients they contain (high in nutrient density), and 3) most people don’t get enough of them. In fact, I would suggest we should have these things daily in a salad rather then weekly.

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