NUTRITIONAL EVALUATION OF FRESH AND DRIED GOJI BERRIES CULTIVATED IN ITALY

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S. Niro
A. Fratianni
G. Panfili
L. Falasca
L. Cinquanta
MD R. Alam

Keywords

goji berries, Lycium barbarum, superfruit, wolfberries

Abstract

The nutritional profile of fresh and dried goji berries cultivated in Italy was investigated. The obtained data confirm goji berries as a source of nutritional and healthy components, such as vitamin E, minerals and fibre. Taking into account the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for minerals and vitamins established by the Commission of the European Communities, Goji berries provide significant amounts of dietary fibre and zeaxanthin and can be declared on the label as a potential source of vitamins E and C. Moreover, dried goji berries can be declared as a source of K, P, Cu, Fe Mn, Zn
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