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A Few Words About Sulfites PDF Print Email

A Few Words About Sulfites (Sulphites)

Sulfites are sulfur compounds  having sulphur and oxygen (in the form of SO2 as part of the molecule) used to preserve and enhance color in foods. They are banned in the meat industry because they can make rotten meat look good. They are widely used in the dried fruit business and must be listed on the label. Common names you will encounter on labels are:

  • Potassium bisulphite / metabisulphite;   
  • Sodium bisulphite / dithionite / metabisulphite / sulphite
  • Sulfur dioxide,        Sulphiting agents,    Sulphurous acid

E 220, E 221, E 222, E 223, E 224, E 225, E 226, E 227, E 228 (European names)

Goji Berries: Exotic, Healthy and Gaining Momentum PDF Print Email

Gojis in a Bowl

Goji Berries: Exotic, Healthy and Gaining Momentum

10/16/2007 1:46:00 PM Kerrin Rourke and Alison Tirone

Goji berry (Lycium barbarum L.) has been revered as a king of plants for thousands of years. Its use in Asia as a nutritive food dates back nearly 5,000 years and may even predate some of the Egyptian pyramids. Since its introduction to the West, the goji berr y has joined other exotic fruits like açaí, mangosteen and noni to achieve “super food” status. Similar to other dried fruits, goji berries can be eaten right out of the bag, added to baked goods and smoothies, or tossed into salad, cereal or yogurt. Often described as mild and slightly tangy, the goji berry has a great taste sensation and a characteristic chewy texture. This tiny pink fruit, which is about the size of a raisin, has become a featured “hot” ingredient in a wide range of new products and is rapidly making its way into the American diet.

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