Another superfood with a name that is virtually impossible to get right – Acai – Pronounced (Ah – sigh-ee). This trendy berry of the moment may be hard to pronounce, but is probably the purest, most nutritious botanical on the planet. Just like everything else, the American trend is making its way to the UK with Acai Bowls, acai bars and acai everything popping up all over the place.
Acai is an indigenous berry commonly found in the rain forests of the Amazon. An age old tradition in north brazil – this antioxidant-rich fruit has been heralded for centuries as a healing, immune-stimulating, energy-boosting fruit
WHAT IS IT THOUGH?
At its simplest, açaí is a palm fruit that grows on the banks of the Amazon, the most bio-diverse ecosystem on the planet. But to indigenous tribes, it’s said the seed of the Açaí fruit birthed the Amazon.
Various açaí products (powders, juices, teas, smoothies, etc.) differ in terms of their exact calories, antioxidant value, fat ratio and mineral content depending on the quality and purity. That being said, estimates have been said to show that 100 grams of pure acai (which is about equal to one serving size of died powder) has about:
- 70–80 calories
- 5–6 grams of fat (mostly monounsaturated)
- 2–3 grams sugar
- 3–4 grams fiber
- 1–2 grams protein
- 130 percent DV manganese
- 15 percent DV vitamin A
- 8 percent DV copper
- 4 percent DV of iron, thimaine, calcium and magnesium
The healing powers of Açaí are all found in the pulp-which is naturally packed with antioxidants, polyphenols and flavonoids (like those in red wine). Unlike any other fruit, the real magic of Açaí is that it has a perfect combination of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, giving it a creamy mouth feel and loads of trace minerals and essential nutrients.
Taking acai may also aid in keeping our digestive system clean and in optimal function. The berries have powerful detoxification capacities in the human body and are a well-known traditional source of dietary fiber.
Acai is very high in Vitamin C and ellagic acid, an immune-system-boosting combination.
Extremely high in many forms of plant phytochemicals (antioxidants), acai berries may contribute to an ability to slow or reverse typical processes of aging related to oxidative damage. The berries are actually supposed to one of the planets highest sources of antioxidants, with one berry holding ten times the amount of antioxidants as grapes, and two times the amount of blueberries.
Promotes Skin Health
Brazilians have been eating acai berries for centuries to treat skin conditions . Due to the oil’s high antioxidant content, Many modern beauty products are carry acai oil. What is more, acai oil is a great natural alternative to chemical based skin-care products that harm the skin in the long-run. Taken internally, the berries can also give your skin a healthier glow.
HOW TO ENJOY
There are many ways to consume acai, from powders added to your smoothie, to frozen purees, bowls and sweet treats. See my Acai recipes here
WHERE CAN I GET IT?
My favourite source of Acai is Sambazon. Packed in ready-to-go frozen packets, they are the perfect tasty, supercharged addition to any smoothie, bowl or sweet treat recipe.
Check out My Acai Recipes here..