FIRST READ ABOUT açai berries and goji berries a couple of years ago. Originating in South American rainforests and remote northern China, respectively, they were praised for their high concentrations of disease-fighting antioxidants. I found a health food store that carried the dried berries, and bought a small (200g) package of each—at about eight euros apiece.
My husband and I would have a few a day, and soon had to buy more. I wondered whether their purported health benefits were worth the money, and after some research discovered that blueberries, fresh or frozen— widely available and about half the price—are one of the best sources of antioxidants we have. And credible studies show blueberries actually fight disease, whereas açai and goji berries are as-yet unproven.
New “superfoods” are forever making headlines. We’re now hearing about the wonders of teff (an Ethiopian grain), maca powder (Peruvian ginseng), yacon root syrup (from the Andes), tree water and even powdered crickets. Sure, they may be good, even great, for you. But the healthiest foods have been in the supermarket all along—with modest price tags, and backed by research proving they’re healthy. Enjoy these as part of a balanced diet that includes whole grains and vegetables.
Blueberries, fresh or frozen, are heart healthy.