What are golden berries?
Golden berries are a type of berry native to Asia. They have been used medicinally for centuries. Some believe they contain powerful healing properties, while others claim their taste is unpleasant. However, all agree that eating them could help with weight loss or even prevent cancer!
The fruit contains high levels of antioxidants such as anthocyanins (blue-green pigments) and flavonoids (flavors). Anthocyanins have been shown to protect against cell damage and inhibit tumor growth. Flavonoids have been found to reduce inflammation, improve blood circulation, and lower cholesterol.
These compounds may also help prevent heart disease and other chronic diseases. They are especially useful in treating certain types of cancers because they inhibit the growth of malignant cells and promote the survival of normal tissue.
How do I eat them?
There are many ways to consume golden berries. Most recipes call for boiling the berries until soft, but there are several different methods of preparation.
They can be eaten raw, like spinach or kale; cooked in soups, stews, sauces and casseroles; added to salads and stir fries; or mixed into smoothies. They make a great addition to any recipe that calls for green leafy vegetables!
How much do they weigh?
A cup of fresh golden berries weighs about 149 grams. This is about the same weight as a glass of milk and slightly more than one egg.
How much do they cost?
The berries themselves are not always easy to find, but when you do it’s important to buy the right kind. Golden berries are not the same thing as wheatgrass, another superfood currently experiencing a surge in popularity.
The current going price is $10.00 to $12.00 per pound.
A typical daily serving is around 2 tablespoons, so you would need to buy at least a half a pound to have enough for one day.
Is there anything else I need to know?
When choosing between fresh and frozen berries, remember that the fresh berries must be consumed within two days, while the frozen can last up to six months. Pick your favorite method of consumption and enjoy!
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