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What’s a Goji Berry?
You might not have heard of goji berries, but their claimed health benefits could encourage you to check them out. Also known as wolfberries, goji berries have long been enjoyed in China and the Himalayas for their sweet taste and bright color. Their history as a medicinal plant has roots in ancient China, where goji berries still are used to treat eye, liver, and kidney ailments. A host of additional nutritional and medical claims have made the fruit popular in Europe and the United States. Read on to decide if you should consider adding these delicious berries to your healthy diet.
How Should You Eat Them?
Though most often sold dried, goji berries also can be found and grown fresh. Enjoy them out-of-hand, just like raisins and fresh berries. For a breakfast treat, try them in cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt. Try mixing goji berries with raw nuts and dark chocolate chips for homemade trail mix. You can also drink your goji in the many brands of goji juice and tea.
Goji berries also taste great cooked with lean pork or turkey, adding a savory sweetness to hearty dishes. (Their vitamin C content also will help your body absorb the meat’s iron.)
What Makes Them So Good For You?
Goji berries are high in vitamin C and fiber, and low in calories. They are also a good source of iron and vitamin A. One serving of about four ounces of goji berries even provides nearly 10 percent of the suggested amount of dietary protein, a surprising amount for a fruit.
The complex carbohydrates that make goji berries so yummy raise blood sugar slowly, so you won’t experience a sugar crash afterwards.
Studies have cited the high level of antioxidants in goji berries, especially zeaxanthin. It’s the zeaxanthin that gives goji berries their bright color (along with saffron and bell peppers).
Antioxidants protect cells against breaking down when they are exposed to elements like smoke and radiation. Even better, foods with healthy levels of antioxidants are often high in fiber and low in unhealthy fats.
Can They Help You Lose Weight?
Goji berries are a nutritional powerhouse, packing healthy food energy into small servings. That means that while they don’t have any direct correlation with weight loss, they can be part of a healthy weight loss plan. Their rich, sweet taste, along with their high fiber content, provides a feeling of fullness that can keep you from overeating and packing on the pounds.
Some dieters find that having a light and healthy snack on hand prevents overindulgence at mealtime. If that’s the case for you, keep a supply of goji berries nearby to curb your hunger.
Goji Berries Could Lower Risks
Some believe that goji berries could help lower blood sugar and blood pressure. Eating them might make a difference for people who suffer from diabetes or the many complications associated with high blood pressure, including heart attack and stroke.
However, check with your doctor if you’re already taking medications for these conditions. You should also check with your doctor if you are on a medication that thins your blood, as goji berries might not be recommended.
Goji is Berry Good for You
It often seems like there’s a new miracle food being announced every week, and not all of them taste very good. You might find yourself holding your nose as you hope to benefit from some of these wonder-workers.
Goji berries have a distinct advantage over tasteless (or worse) health foods. Their bright color is appetizing, their flavor is appealing, and they can be eaten in many ways. Research seems to suggest that they can help you feel better in several different ways. All these benefits make a berry good argument for adding goji berries to your diet!
Product description: Goji berries grow on a tree known as Lycium barbarum that grows in China. Its height ranges from 1-3m. Arched falling twigs are covered with spines. Goji berries for thousands of years was consumed by the Chinese, now, they conquered the rest of the world.
Usage: The ideal supplement to muesli, cereal bars, salads, soups, rice or vegetable dishes.
The daily maximum intake for an adult: 70 berries
The daily maximum intake for a child: up to 35 berries
Ingredients: Goji Berries
Country of origin: China
Best before: Expiration date and batch number are listed on a sticker on the back of the pack. Store at room temperature in an airtight container out of the reach of small children.
Available sizes: 100g, 250g, 500g, 1Kg