The golden berry, also known as the Incan/Aztec berry or Cape gooseberry, is one of the many newly-discovered “superfoods” that offers a host of health benefits in a small fruit about the size of a marble. Rather than snacking on something processed and full of unhealthy additives; choose delicious golden berries and reap the reward.
1. The “Anti” Hero
If you’re looking for a superfood that has it all, look no further. An amazing antioxidant, golden berries can help reduce the risk of certain cancers, as well as being anti-viral to help during cold and flu season. Add to that its anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine properties, and you have one powerful little fruit.
2. Full of Protein and Fiber
For those living a vegetarian lifestyle, ensuring adequate protein can be a concern (particularly for new vegetarians or vegans). Golden berries consist of 16% protein – just one ounce of dried berries contains 2 grams of protein. On top of that, the same serving will provide you with 15% of your daily requirement of dietary fiber to keep your digestive system happy and help your stomach feel full longer, without bloating.
3. Chock Full of Vitamin Goodness
Eating golden berries is nearly as good as taking a multivitamin – maybe even better. One serving of dried golden berries provides an astonishing 45% of your daily value of vitamin A, as well as vitamins C, B1, B2, and B6. The same single serving includes a 6% daily serving of iron.
4. Clear Skin, Clear Breathing
The anti-inflammatory properties of golden berries have been used for centuries to help sufferers of asthma, as well as various skin conditions and even optic nerve disorders.
5. Phosphorous and Bioflavonoids
Considered one of the most vital minerals for healthy bones and teeth (besides calcium, of course), you’ll find a good source of phosphorous in golden berries to help you stay strong. As a source of bioflavonoids, golden berries can help with a host of ailments and help keep you healthy. Golden berries can be eaten fresh or dried – they have a delicious “sweet and sour” taste that both adults and kids enjoy. They can be added to any recipe that calls for fruit (fresh or dried), including salads, as a jam, on top of granola or yogurt, etc. If you live in a warmer, humid climate you can even grow golden berries right in your backyard and enjoy them fresh off the plant.