About the Acai (Açaí) Berry
The Acai Berry comes from the Acai Palm Tree. The Açaí palm is native to parts of South and Central America. It is a small dark violet berry. It has been harvested for centuries. Traditional acai pulp is served with tapioca in a bowl. In recent years it has become popular as a juice and flavoring for such things as smoothies, yogurt, ice cream and other products.
Acai as a Health Supplement
There has been limited research done on the health benefits of Acai. Studies to date have shown that acai berries have modest levels of antioxidants. Blueberry and pomegranate juices have significantly higher levels of antioxidants. Although orange juice and apple juice have somewhat lower levels of antioxidants than acai juice.
There have been many reports in the media about overstated benefits of Acai. Acai products have no demonstrated benefit for weight loss, kidney disease, diabetes or any other condition. Studies are ongoing though so more definite information is in the pipeline.
Acai Berries do contain powerful antioxidents, specifically anthocyanins and flavonoids. Adding acai berries or juice to your diet would be on par with adding strawberries, raspberries and possibly blueberries or grapes to your diet.
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Top 5 Questions and Answers about Acai:
1. Q - How do you pronounce Acai?
A - Ahh sie eee.
2. Q - What does Acai taste like?
A - Alone acai is often described as tart and earthy but it is typically mixed with other berries to improve the flavor.
3. Q - Will Acai help me lose weight?
A - The jury is officially out on this one. Currently there are no well recognized, scientific studies proving acai berries, or their derivatives, help with weight loss.
4. Q - Is Acai a scam?
A - The berry itself is not a scam. It is an actual fruit and has been eaten for centuries. It was introduced to America only in recent years however, and its commercialization has led to many, profit driven, claims. Some of these claims are exagerated and some are completely bogus. This is what the 'scam' as related to Acai is all about.
5. Q - Why is Acai so popular now to begin with?
A - In a word Oprah. More specifically acai's popularity rose dramatically after the TV host aired a show featuring a doctor that extolled the benefits of the acai berry. From there consumer demand rose dramatically and a number of vendors entered the market promoting their own brands of Acai based products.