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Himalayan Goji Juice or Goji Berries?

October 16, 2008

Online you find contradicting opinions, so how are you supposed to know what’s really right?

Since Goji Berries are convenient to travel with, some prefer them to Goji Juice. The Goji Berry is somewhat bitter, but flavor isn’t what really matters! Good nutrition matters, so let’s look at the nutritional value of the Goji Berry.

A fresh Goji Berry right off the bush is the most nutritional form of Goji you can get! Unfortunately, most of us don’t have Goji plants in our backyards. Therefore, we have two options–dried Goji Berries or Goji Juice.

Goji Berries to be dried are treated differently than Goji Berries intended for juicing. When Goji Berries for drying are harvested, they are not necessarily stabilized properly to insure the nutritional value doesn’t leak out. After any fruit or vegetable is harvested, many of the vitamins and other nutrients leak out within 24-48 hours. Thus, dried Goji Berries just don’t have the same nutritional value as fresh Goji Berries or Goji Juice. Goji Berries still have a fair amount of nutritional value–far more than fast-food burgers and fries! However, the berries just don’t compare in nutritional value to Himalayan Goji Juice. Dried Goji Berries are great for a nutritious snack, but I wouldn’t depend on them to get your vitamins and nutrients!

Goji Berries intended for juicing are stabilized to insure they don’t loose their nutritional value. They are made into juice concentrate quickly and shipped to the manufacture. Then they are inspected by a lab for quality control, blended with 7.5% distilled water, apple & pear juice, bottled and then shipped to you. Thus, the final product is 92.5% Goji Juice. This is the same as 2 pounds of fresh berries and it’s great-tasting, too!