I have personally not participated in the goji berry love fest nor have I plunked down the big bucks for the little health giving rubies. Yes I know of lots of great health gurus that have recipes using them . I am more interested in sustaining a food budget AND having great health.It seems from what I read that the history behind these berries in based in Chinese herbal remedies. I personally have grown very wary about buying any herbs, teas, foods grown in China.This is not an ethnic thing at all but environmental / health concern. My husband was reminded of this when he brought home some dried shiitake mushrooms noticing they were missing from the pantry…. but I digress.
SO I decided to check out what Webmd had to say. As some of you may already know I am always doing research on natural ways ( diet, being a major one) to help with handling/ helping my father in law as part of my co-care giving role making life for hime ( and us ) easier with his diabetes ( as in keeping him off insulin injections ) alzheimer, and low thyroid ). After checking out the links I am sharing here I am very content to say that for my food and supplement budget…. No way. I am not buying the cheap versions grown in the soil in China and I am definitely not going to spring for the the organic foodie version…. way too costly. SO when I see the recipes using Goji berries I will not hesitate to replace with dried cranberries or blueberries. Honestly those create frustration and irritation too when I compare the organic sugar free versions ( when I can find them ) to the loaded with sugar and non organic peers
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