Key Ingredients: Goji berries

Key Ingredients: Goji berries

It may seem as though there's a new superfood craze every week. And while superfoods may receive more hype than others, there’s one that should definitely be on your radar: the goji berry.

Goji berries (also known as wolfberries) are a delicious treat, but their health benefits are the reason you should consider adding them to your grocery list. These sweet, brightly colored berries hail from China, where they’ve long been used in foods, teas and health tonics.

Goji berries are great for your health because they:

  • are a good source of iron and vitamin A
  • are an excellent source of dietary protein
  • are full of complex carbohydrates, which slowly raise blood sugar and help the body avoid a sugar crash
  • are packed with antioxidants, such as zeaxanthin, which protect cells against elements such as smoke and radiation
  • are in unhealthy fats
  • can promote low blood sugar
  • are high in vitamin C and fiber
  • and blood pressure
  • have the potential to positively affect patients who suffer from diabetes or complications associated with high blood pressure, including heart attack and stroke

Now that you know why goji berries are so nutritionally beneficial, you may be wondering how to fit them into your daily diet. Goji berries work best as a snack—toss a handful into a baggie to carry with you to work or school. They make a tasty alternative to sweeter, more caloric snacks, and the fact that they’re high in fiber means they work hard to curb hunger.

If you’d like to give your breakfast a boost, goji berries also go well with cereal, oatmeal and yogurt. You can even drink your goji berries! Keep an eye out at the grocery store for goji juices and teas.

If you’d like to learn more about the specific ways goji berries can impact your diet, consult a nutrition specialist at Goshen Health.

Posted: 10/14/2015 by Goshen Health
Filed under: berries, goji, ingredients, key, superfood

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