Acai berries, also known as one of the big superfoods, have a different nutrition profile than many other fruits. These deep purple berries are nutrient-dense and the seed makes up approximately 80% of the fruit. Acai berries also have low sugar content with high-fat content.
Let’s backtrack a little and make sure we all know what we’re talking about.
For starters, how do you pronounce acai?
The word acai is pronounced ah-sah-EE. Whew. Now we’ve got that covered.
Now you don’t have to worry about being embarrassed when you order an acai bowl. You can say it the right way.
In the United States, we’ve changed the original spelling of açaí to acai. Easy, right? And if you’ve never tried acai, you’re probably wondering this too.
What does acai berry taste like?
Some people describe acai flavor as a berry blend, raspberry flavor and even pomegranate with dark chocolate notes. For those with a discriminating palate, they say the hints of chocolate develop after chewing berry.
You can decide for yourself. One thing we do know for sure— acai berries are delicious.
These clusters of delicious berries don’t grow on bushes, like blueberries or raspberries. Rather they grow in groups (sort-of-like grapes) on a palm tree that grows in South America. These berries that are chocked full of good fat are also close to grape size for harvest time. Yum!
However, they don’t transport well, so many people find acai powder or paste that is ready to toss in a blender for a tasty acai bowl or in a smoothie.
Acai berries are popular in juice and smoothie for good reason.
Acai berry powder is chocked full of antioxidants and is also known as “purple gold.”
One 1.5 teaspoons of acai berry powder contain 4mg of Anthocyanins, which is a health-boosting flavonoid that gives purple, red and blue plants their rich colors. The anthocyanins found in acai berries are also an antioxidant.
Antioxidants fight free radicals. According to Live Science. Free radicals cause damage to proteins, cells, and DNA in the body. Yikes. Looks like we could all use some radically healthy acai in our smoothies.
Acai fights for your health.
Acai berries not only have the free radical fight in their nutrition profile. They also have calcium, potassium and the frequently talked about Omega family.
If you have a smoothie with acai berry powder, you’ll boost your body with Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9. That’s an extra powerful immune-boosting punch in a fruit smoothie or acai bowl.
Now let’s talk a little about the benefits of Omega fatty acid.
Acai has a good ratio of Omega fatty acids— Power powder to the rescue!
Our bodies need fatty acids to function properly. Your brain, other organs, skin, circulatory system, and respiratory system need the essential fatty acid (EFA). Your body doesn’t make the building blocks by itself.
The path for EFAs to get into your body is when you ingest them. That’s the only way. So you can eat up and drink up acai and feel good about it.
There are many other benefits to the EFAs found in acai: blood pressure regulation, brain development, and one of our favorites, a properly running immune system. No colds or flu in this joint.
Not only does acai give you the EFAs your body needs, but it also tastes indulgent (even though it isn’t). When you have an acai bowl you’ll feel like you have a sweet bowl of something you shouldn’t eat.
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