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Goji berries...fad or worthwhile?

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Created October 31, 2010 at 7:08 PM

What do you think? Are Goji Berries (wolf berries) all hype or a good addition to the paleo diet...are they even paleo friendly?

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on November 01, 2010
at 01:34 AM

Exactly, nothing super special in em to be worth the big price tag.

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on October 31, 2010
at 08:39 PM

Thats because they need some sweetener to make them taste edible, in my opinion.

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at 08:26 PM

I don't know if they're hype or not, but definitely check the label if you decide to try them. I've never seen fresh goji berries at all, and every bag of dried goji berries that I've seen are both sweetened AND flavored- usually pomegranate.

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on November 01, 2010
at 12:59 AM

As far as I know, in China Goji berries are usually just used in soup in small quantities, and occasionally as a tea with chrysanthemum. I've never heard of anyone eating them straight here. In general, I think the whole notion of a 'superfood' is flawed. This seems to be something Americans go for in particular. We eat as much as possible of one thing thinking that it's good for us. One day it's green tea, the next it's garlic, and on and on. Eat lots of whole, fresh, seasonal food, avoid the stuff we know's bad (gluten, sugar, etc.), and I'm pretty sure you'll be doing great.

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on October 31, 2010
at 08:18 PM

They're overpriced, I'd just spend my money on grassfed beef.

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on November 01, 2010
at 01:34 AM

Exactly, nothing super special in em to be worth the big price tag.

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on November 01, 2010
at 01:14 AM

I agree with Nico: here in China goji berries are very popular, but are mostly used to make soups or teas rather than eaten as fruits. They are considered good for eyesight.

I used to eat goji every day but in the long run they gave me digestive problems. I thought "They are cheap, full of antioxidant, why not?" Well, better pay attention to how the locals eat them and learn...

BTW, I discovered that in the drying process these berries loose color and are often dyed red to make them more appealing. Look for those that are not uniform in color, with a slighlty brown-beige tip.

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on October 31, 2010
at 09:06 PM

Goji berries are nutrient dense, but so are all berries. And only when fresh. If they're dried or preserved, nutrients are lost. On a dollar-per-dollar basis, I'd stick to available fresh organic berries.

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on October 31, 2010
at 09:00 PM

They seem quite healthy, but they are hyped too much as a superfood. For example, I suspect goji berries earned their place in the "superfoods" category because of Li Ching-Yuen's asserted longevity, which he attributed partially to goji berries.

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on October 31, 2010
at 11:05 PM

def hyped. anything dried, shipped around the world, sat in plastic containers through all sorts of conditions and temperature are not superfood.

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on October 31, 2010
at 08:47 PM

Goji berries like any other fruit are healthy within moderation but the hype around goji berries and other 'super-foods' is unjustified.

Goji berries, acai etc. are no more super than blue berries and strawberries or any other food that comes from nature.

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on October 31, 2010
at 07:59 PM

I think, in general, berries are primal-friendly. One should limit dried fruits because of the high concentration of carbs. I wouldn't treat them any different from blueberries, raspberries, etc. Paleo diets are usually high enough in antioxidants that one shouldn't add Goji berries just for that much-hyped benefit.

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