While I'm naturally sceptical of ‘superfoods', I'm always interested in new supposed health foods on the market and whether they could be a valuable addition to our diet. The latest so-called superfood to hit the headlines is the Nergi berry – but what is it? And is it worth adding to our diets? Here's everything you need to know about Nergi berries…
What is a Nergi berry?
Also known as kiwi berries, Nergi berries are small, grape-sized naturally sweet berries that look like a kiwi once they're sliced open. Hitting UK supermarkets for the first time this month, the berries are now being cultivated in France and are picked between August and September for a September to November shop season.
What are they good for?
Nergi berries are rich in antioxidants vitamins C and E, and contain calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. They are also a good source of fibre, important for keeping the digestive system healthy and functioning well.
How to eat Nergi berries
There's no need to peel Nergi berries, so they can be eaten in the same way you would eat any berries – as a healthy dessert, in smoothies or added to salads. Try eating them with coconut milk yoghurt topped with mixed seeds.
Do they deserve their ‘superfood' title?
A superfood is defined as ‘a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being'. While Nergi berries are rich in nutrients, they don't contain any special or unique nutrient (that I am aware of!) that you can find in good old, UK grown fruit and veg. The existence of superfoods has been questioned more than ever recently, and the truth is that there are limitations to any food label like this.
Nergi berries contain 10g of sugar per 100g fruit, more than that of other berries which typically contain between 4-6g sugar per 100g fruit. Still, they contain considerably less sugar than the sweetest fruits such as bananas, which contain 20g sugar per 100g.
Will Nergi berries be a healthy addition to your diet?
Like so many fruits, they can be valuable source of beneficial nutrients but it's important to ensure you consume them in moderation. While new, exotic fruits can be exciting, it's worth remembering seasonal, local produce if often just as, if not more nutritious.
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