In this myth buster I have compared dried goji berries with a few other dried fruits, including dried cherries, sultanas, dried figs and dried currents. I think If you were going to classify one as being better than the others based on its nutrient profile, it would be the dried cherries. That doesn’t mean you need to be adding dried cherries to your diet, you’ll be perfectly fine without them. The point I’m trying to make with my “super food myth busters” isn’t to run any one particular food down, or to try to find foods that beat the super foods, it’s to show how much a bit of clever marketing can influence perception. A super diet is far more important than any single food, and a super diet should be made up of a wide variety of fresh produce. If you’ve been reading my blog series “healthy eating made easy” you’ll soon have all the tools you need to build your own super diet from foods you like to eat. That could definitely contain goji berries if they are something you enjoy eating. Just remember not to overdo it on the goji’s, or any of the other dried fruits for that matter. They are all quite high in kJs. The fresh option for fruit is always the better way to go. Kilojoules per volume of food is much lower in fresh fruit because of their high water content.
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