Acai berries are found in the Amazon rain forests where they grow in large clusters at the top of palm trees. The acai berry is an inch-long, reddish-purple fruit. It is said to taste similar to a fruity red wine with chocolate notes.
Acai berries have become very trendy in recent years and are touted as a superfood with anti-aging and weight loss properties. Global demand for the fruit has expanded rapidly in recent years, and acai berries are now cultivated for that purpose primarily.
These berries are naturally high in essential fatty acids and have a fatty acid profile similar to olive oil. The link between essential fatty acids and heart health is well documented.
The Acai berry is 30% - 50% fat. Due to the high fat content, Acai berries go rancid within a day of being picked. This means it is not feasible for Acai berries to be exported to the US (and other countries) because they would go bad before they ever reached our fruit markets.
Acai berries are known by Brazilians as the “Beauty Berry,” as they are believed to not only boost your immune system, energy levels, and metabolic function but also improve your hair and skin.
Acai berries are often used as a natural food coloring agent.
The fiber found in acai berry skin and pulp can aid digestion. Fibre can help prevent or relieve constipation and may help support a healthy cardiovascular system.
Acai berries contain amino acids which help promote muscle performance, energy production, endurance, and strength.
Acai contains omega 3 fatty acids which fight inflammation, and can help reduce the acidic effects of dairy.
Most popular, and possibly most trendy, is the use of acai in acai bowls. Acai bowls are pureed acai berries in a bowl, garnished with fruits and nuts such as bananas, blueberries, oats, and almonds. They possess a smoothie-like consistency and are a perfect meal for breakfast as they give you a daily punch of energy and nutrition.
For a sweet treat, mix frozen acai berries with yogurt and honey. Freeze and enjoy as a healthy dessert.
Acai berries are considered one of the top superfoods, generally due to their incredible antioxidant properties, and are said to have numerous other health benefits. Because of this, they are perfect to nourish your body after a good workout, or to kickstart a long day.
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