These little red berries are a nutritional powerhouse
Goji berries are a sweet-tart fruit that is native to Tibet and regions of China, which have long been used medicinally in these cultures. With a host of nutritional benefits, it’s no wonder why in recent years they have become a popular health food around the world, touted at a superfood. Here’s why you should be including goji berries in your diet:
Low in calories
Like most berries, goji berries are naturally low in calories. A handful contains less than 100 calories, making them an excellent way to add nutrients without adding excessive calories to your daily intake.
Goji berries are high in dietary fibre, which is essential for healthy digestive function. The fibre content means that the carbohydrates act in a low GI way and raise blood sugar slowly, so you won’t experience a sugar crash afterwards.
High in Vitamins
Goji berries are a rich source of vitamin C, iron and vitamin A, which are all essential nutrients the body needs. Adding a few tablespoons of goji berries to your meals each day is an easy way to boost your vitamin intake naturally.
Studies have shown the high level of antioxidants in goji berries, especially zeaxanthin. It’s the zeaxanthin that gives goji berries their bright red colour. The antioxidants work to help protect cells from free radical damage.
Goji berries are an excellent addition to a weight loss lifestyle because their rich, sweet taste, along with their high fibre content, which can provide a feeling of fullness. Keep goji berries on hand as a healthy option to help curb poor snacking.
Goji berries are usually sold in their dried form and can be enjoyed straight from the packet or added to so many different meals and snacks.
For breakfast, try them sprinkled on your cereal, in oatmeal, yoghurt or blended into your favourite smoothie. Try mixing them with nuts, seeds and cacao nibs for a delicious homemade trail mix. Goji berries can also be added to tea or brewed with hot water on their own to create a deliciously health tonic.
Goji berries also taste great in savoury dishes, raw or cooked, such as in salads or stews. Their high vitamin C content is also great for helping you absorb the iron content in leafy greens or lean meats.