Some call them Tibetan cherries and others know them as Goji berries. Whether you use one name or another, this intense red fruit can do wonders for our health. Do you want to know more about this mysterious fruit?
If you've ever felt the urge to buy them without knowing what it was all about, you probably haven't found their taste at all pleasant, although there will always be people who are enthusiastic about them. Many confess to having them mixed with yogurt or salads.
It is increasingly common to see in food stores, usually in the area of nuts or knick-knacks, little bags filled with small dried berries of bright red color.
The facts: What do Goji Berries provide
Their scientific name is Lycium barbarum and they have been used in traditional Chinese medicine since time immemorial.
Macronutrients: Goji berries are carbohydrates (68%), protein (12%), fat (10%), and dietary fiber (10%). The total caloric value of 100gm of dried berries is approximately 370 kilocalories.
Goji berries contain 19 amino acids, including essential amino acids.
Tip: amino acids mean protein.
It also contains minerals and trace elements such as calcium (112mg/100gm), potassium (1132mg/100gm), iron (9mg/100gm), zinc (2mg/100gm) and selenium (50μg/100gm)
Selenium and germanium are useful in the treatment of cancer. Vitamins such as vitamin B1, B2, B6, C, and E are also found in appreciable quantities.
It contains carotenoids including β carotene, lutein, lycopene, and xanthophyll. The carotene content is superior to the carrot which gives it good antioxidant properties.
It also contains essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid which promotes fat loss.