Superfood this, superfood that. The term gets bandied around way too much in the modern age.
But hold the press for this new fruit may well just earn its title.
The jujube – otherwise known as the red date – is being hailed as the new superfood (or superfruit if you want to get technical).
Used for thousands of years in the Far East, it’s believed to have tons of health and wellbeing benefits.
The red fruit is jampacked with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and contains 18 out of the 24 amino acids that the human body needs to make protein. That’s quite a lot in case you’re wondering.
Jujubes are also an adaptogen, meaning they can help reduce stress and anxiety as well as boosting your mood.
A recent study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology even found that the fruit can help fight against breast cancer cells.
What’s more, it actually tastes nice (unlike a lot of the other superfoods out there). With a sweet taste, you can eat the jujube on its own or use it as a natural sweetener in teas and while cooking.
The only people who should probably avoid the jujube are those suffering with diabetes. The reason? They’re full of complex carbs which can wreak havoc with your blood sugar levels.
It seems like the nation has already responded with one health food store, Abakus Foods, saying that it has sold over 200,000 bags of jujubes in 2017 alone.
Enjoy Instagramming it and dumbfounding your friends. All hail the jujube.
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