Ingredient Digest: Açai
We’ve all at least once have been mesmerised by those Bali-style vibrant purple smoothie bowls with the secret superfood - açai. But apart from looks and the chocolatey berry taste (yes, you’ve read it right) - what’s so special about it, really?
Let’s continue digesting all the special ingredients which make up the delicious snacks at The Jar Healthy Vending.
The acai berry is a grapelike fruit harvested from acai palm trees native to the rainforests of South America.
In the global Health Club acai is considered one of the most powerful and nutritious superfoods on the planet, which can help with various health concerns, including arthritis, weight loss, high cholesterol and erectile dysfunction.
Like other berries, acai are especially famous for the high amount of antioxidants and fiber.
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Acai berries contain pits just like olives, which is why they are technically considered a drupe.
Acai tastes like a cross between blackberries and unsweetened chocolate.
In the North of Brazil acai is served as a side dish to meat or seafood.
There always has to be something special about the food which has the privilege to have the prefix "super".
This is exactly the case with acai. Since it's grown in the equatorial tropics with the strongest sun exposure - its natural protective properties make the berry rich with the natural sunscreen - antioxidants. It has approximately 6 times more antioxidants than blueberries, and 18 times than grapes!
So what will you get by adding a snack with this superfood to your next lunch?
Cognitive function improvement The primary antioxidant in acai - anthocyanin - significantly lowers oxidative stress and inflammation, noticeably promoting brain health. It also is considered an effective booster to improve memory and blood flow to the brain, which is super important during the working day.
Healthier skin and body Because of the high fiber and boasting beautifying oils such as oleic linoleic and palmatic, acai is also called a beauty berry and weight loss berry. And this is exactly why it is a very popular ingredient in beauty products, face masks and supplements.
Vitamin and nutrient fix Acai berries have a unique nutritional profile for a fruit, as they’re somewhat high in fat and low in sugar. They also contain a lot of iron, vitamins A, B1, B2 and B3, essential fatty acids (Omega-3, Omega-6), as well as Omega-9.
Heart health This special antioxidant anthocyanin has some other strong benefits for the heart system. Apparently, a regular consumption of anthocyanin can reduce the risk of heart attack in young and middle-aged women by 32%. Also, heart-healthy fats increase “good” cholesterol - HDL - and decrease the bad one - LDL.
Antioxidative benefits Some foods are known to stop cancer cells from forming and spreading. Acai is one of those. If the scientific research is right, acai inhibit some of the beginning of the formation of tumors and prevent cell invasion. Not a bad addition to a delicious snack, huh?
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