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Wonderful Superfoods That Nourish You – 2. Goji Berries

Goji Berries

 

Goji Berries

 

I first discovered these on a stall at the Mind Body Spirit Festival in London. They originate from Asia. 

 

 

Nutritional Value

Goji berries have been used for 6,000 years by herbalists in China, Tibet and India to:

Goji berries are rich in antioxidants, particularly carotenoids such as beta-carotene and zeaxanthin. One of zeaxanthin’s key roles is to protect the retina of the eye by absorbing blue light and acting as an antioxidant. In fact, increased intake of foods containing zeathanthin may decrease the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of vision loss and blindness in people over the age of 65.

Gillian McKeith’s site dedicates a whole page of wonderful information on Goji Berries.  

You can add them to fruit salads and desserts or just munch on a bunch of them anytime, any place.

Keeping your food natural…

My Mum is so against processed foods. She has never allowed any frozen or tinned foods in the house – apart from frozen peas. She is very suspicious when it comes to what has gone into a product for it to maintain itself without perishing. You don’t have to dig in very deep to learn that they add smells into packets to entice us, they add preservatives and E numbers, they don’t even have to declare an ingredient if it is under a specific small percentage.

I’m certainly not impressed by many companies who have recently created new adverts telling us that they now don’t add that nasty colour or ingredient that has just been proven to be harmful – especially as they know what they have been putting into our food all along. So it was ok to do for years and years and reap of the profits but now it must be changed because some scientist has proved that your product contains a harmful substance?…that we feed to our kids, that we eat, that we share with people?!!

We are not told the whole truth when it comes to our food, and when we are, it’s often when the problem is out of control. We need to wisen up and take control of what we eat and how we cook or treat our food. Here are just a few articles to illustrate my point.

BSE – A British inquiry into BSE concluded that the epidemic was caused by cattle, who are normally herbivores, being fed the remains of other cattle in the form of meat and bone meal (MBM), which caused the infectious agent to spread.

Remember the Bernard Matthews scandal – Bernard Matthews faces illegal imports inquiry – Februaly 2007 article by The Times.

In addition, the packaging our food is sold to us in has also proven to be harmful – Plastics chemical linked to health problems

And I believe that microwaves are not good for you. There are proven studies that say so and also many that say this isn’t true. Read this report on Microwaves by Curezone and make your own mind up.

You and only you are in full control of what you put into your body. Make a choice.

I am at the point where I have taken control. I am taking measures to make myself more self sufficient – well as much as I can anyway. Most of the food I use is in it’s natural form so it’s as unprocessed as possible – at least I know what’s in it. Very few of my meals take longer then 30 minutes to prepare and most of them are of a high nutritional value. I try as much as possible to ensure half of my plate is raw – eg salads, vegetables etc. I try to cook as much as I can just using a fire hob or oven. I also have a great Steamer which is in my opinion probably the best way to cook food. We should keep our vegetables light and not cook the hell out of them.

We as consumers have a choice. We can choose where we want to spend our money and to know where our food comes from and exactly what is in it.

My dream is to own a garden so that I can grow my own fruit/vegetables/herbs. I’m working towards it.  Jamie Oliver has inspired me from his Jamie at Home series!

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