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MissA's avatar

Do you eat goji berries (wolfberries)?

Asked by MissA (7391points) September 14th, 2010

If so, what is your experience?

Do you use them for healing or for preventative purposes?

Do you harvest them yourself?

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rooeytoo's avatar

I saw them in the grocery store for the first time just today. I probably would have tried them but it was a huge bag and I thought if I didn’t like them, they would hang around forever!

Have you tried them, what do they taste like and were there positive results?

MissA's avatar

@rooeytoo

I’m a novice here…their taste is between a cranberry, raisin and cherry. I will need more time in order to claim success or the lack of it.

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NaturallyMe's avatar

I’ve only had some dried ones once…i don’t like the taste too much, and that’s why, many months later, i still have a container full of them in my pantry. I know they’ve very healthy for you. I’ve never had fresh ones though.
The dried ones aren’t that bad (just a little too dry-ish for me, haha), i’m just being silly, i should eat them.

rooeytoo's avatar

@MissA – wow, that sounds interesting, next time I see them I will try some. Keep us posted on your results.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

I have never eaten them, no. I don’t eat fruit, which I know is bizarre. However, raisins and cranberries are two of the only fruits I’ve ever been able to enjoy. Now I’m intrigued.

stardust's avatar

I eat dried goji berries every now and then. I find the taste slightly bitter. I prefer dried cranberries. They’re full of anti-oxidants. I just treat them as another of my five a day. I wouldn’t be holding out for a miracle ;)

Austinlad's avatar

I don’t think I ever heard of them. Would they be good with cream and sugar? I mean, what isn’t!

RocketGuy's avatar

I just finished a bottle of Honest Tea with Goji berries. Ugh – not to my taste.

MissA's avatar

@RocketGuy Thanks for your Honesty.

Rarebear's avatar

I don’t like them. And furthermore, there is no evidence that goji berries have any medicinal benefits.

deni's avatar

If they’re around, I will eat them. I like the way they taste and they are apparently sooooo good for you…even if they weren’t, they’re still tasty. They do get stuck to my teeth though. Down side.

MissA's avatar

@Rarebear

What you say is not true…or, do you have facts to backup your claim?

I’m sorry you don’t care for the taste.

Rarebear's avatar

@MissA You can’t prove a negative. I’ll turn it around to you—show me food medical evidence that goji berries have clinical significance.

MissA's avatar

@Rarebear

My original question stands…

You, my dear, stated your opinion, just
back up your claim that goji berries have
no medicinal value. What is your source?

My question was positing that perhaps
goji berries hold a nutritional value.

I am gathering information…
not looking to argue with you.

Rarebear's avatar

@MissA You say you are not looking to argue with me, yet you are being argumentative with your bolded statements. You want to learn and gather information? Okay, sit back and learn. The way science works, and the way medicine works is that you have a hypothesis, you develop a test, and you see if the test proves your hypothesis. The quality of the results depends upon the quality of the test.

When someone makes a claim such as “Goji berries prevent you from catching a cold” (and yes, I realize you didn’t write that but I’m using that as an example) what you need to do is develop a test. One test would be you put 100 healthy volunteers in a room that has been sprayed with a cold virus. Give 50% placebo and 50% gogi berries and see how many of each group come down with the cold. If you want to be unethical about it but enhance the validity, don’t tell them that the room is contaminated with a cold virus.

Do goji berries hold nutritional value? Of course they do, just like strawberries, blueberries, and tomatoes. But if someone wants to claim that they have extra health benefits, then they need to develop a test that proves it.

So I counter your reportedly-not-argumentative-but-argumentative-anyway bolded statement with my own statement, not bolded: Anybody who wants to show goji berries have extra health benefits needs to prove it. Otherwise the null hypothesis stands—they’re just another fruit.

MissA's avatar

I bolded four words so that you would answer
to the question, not repeat yourself.

I am not looking for scientific proof…I am
asking for experience with goji berries.
I never said they are a cure-all…never
suggested anything of the type.

I am asking for user opinions…
not a debate of scientific proof.

I think that perhaps you have read more
into the question than was asked.
Is that possible?

Note: I do understand testing procedure.

Rarebear's avatar

@MissA If you understand testing procedure, then you understand why the burden of proof is upon the person making the claim.

I repeated myself because you didn’t seem to accept my answer to your question. If you insist on reading material, go here. http://skeptoid.com/episodes/4086

If your question was simply “do you eat goji berries” then I would have no problem. My problem was your follow up statement: “Do you use them for healing or for preventative purposes?” That implies that there actually are healing purposes for the berry, which there are not. I said so, and that’s what you challenged me on. That led to the circular argument we are having. Again, the burden of proof is upon the person making the claim.

If you choose to eat goji berries, and you like them, fine. Just don’t eat them expecting any magical healing properties, and if you pay extra for them expecting as such, well, as PT Barnum is thought to have said, “There’s a sucker born every minute”.

MissA's avatar

Mine was a follow up QUESTION, not statement.
That implies that some people believe that there are healing purposes for the berry. I don’t know yet.

There’s no circular movement here. I did not make a claim. I’m sorry that you interpreted it that way.

Rarebear's avatar

@MissA Okay, you’re follow up QUESTION was argumentative. Whatever. I don’t mind argumentative, if it furthers a point.

I know you didn’t make a claim. But you asked me to prove my claim of no healing powers. I made the point that the burden of proof is on the claimant attempting to make a positive claim. You start from the point of view that there is no effect. Then you test it.

MissA's avatar

@Rarebear

You were the first to make a claim…that is why I asked you to prove it. Do we need to beat this to death?

You have interrupted the entire thread with this BS…so, I ask, “Are you able to just let it go?”

Rarebear's avatar

@MissA Sorry, you were the one to challenge me. I stated that goji berries have no medicinal benefit. You could have let it go, but instead, you engaged in debate with me by saying, “What you say is not true”. That implies that you have evidence that goji berries have medicinal benefit. I have asked you to provide that evidence and you have refused, either because you are trying to be deliberately argumentative, or you do not, indeed, have that evidence.

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Rarebear's avatar

Fair enough, okay. If you ever come across some good evidence, I’d be interested in seeing it.

xzx19880321's avatar

I have aeaten it for just once.I just think it’s not my style,a little bitter,dry.At that time I was just interested in them because i haven’t heard of them before.But it turned out to be something worthless.

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