The new “superfood”: Golden Berries

In the fast-paced 21st century most of us do not have enough time to prepare healthy food items. Instead of munching on unhealthy snacks that are processed and contain artificial colours and flavours one may consume a much healthier snack: the golden berry (Psysalis peruviana). Other names of this fruit are Cape gooseberry and Incan berry.

This small golden-yellow fruit has many health benefits. It contains:

  • Provitamin A
  • Vitamin C
  • B complex vitamins: thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), B6 and B12
  • Vitamin P (bioflavinoids)
  • Carotenoids
  • Phosphorus
  • Protein
  • Pectin (fiber)

Not only this, these little golden berries have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-histamine and anti-carcinogenic components.

Moreover, golden berries are an “adaptogen” meaning that they reduce stress levels. They also have anti-diabetic and anti-hypertension properties.

It also has a high protein content when compared to other fruits. In addition, the high amount of fiber present in golden berries is beneficial for gastrointestinal an cardiovascular health.

With all those benefits in this small fruit we can definately conclude that good things come in small packages!

Just like grapes (raisins), the golden berries can also be eaten as a dry fruit. They can be combined with other dry fruits to create a trail mix or can be added to yogurt, salads, or desserts.

Sources:

Schneider, M. The health benefits of golden berries. Healthy Directions. Issue: April/May 2012.

Image: Navita Naturals Review – Part II. http://www.dougcookrd.com/2011/02/navita-naturals-review-part-ii-golden-berries-mulberry-berries/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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