Açai: the word no one knows how to pronounce and the fruit no one actually sees. 😂
Açai berries are dark purple, grape-size fruits. They grow in clusters on açai palms that are native to Central and South America. Açai berries are technically not even really berries, but are classified as drupes since they have a pit inside, like cherries. 🤨
The shelf life of açai berries is very short, which is why they are açai is typically sold in the United States as a frozen purée, dried powder, or in juice.
As far as beneficial nutrients, açai berries contain fiber, monounsaturated fat (same fat as olive oil), a tiny amount of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, calcium, phosphorus, and a tiny bit of iron. Açai berries also contain phytochemicals called anthocyanins, which give the berries their deep purple color and act as antioxidants.
Açai berries are not naturally very sweet, so be aware of the massive amounts of added sugar commonly added to smoothies, smoothie bowls, and juices. Not saying these aren't refreshing and potentially nutritious treats to enjoy, but it's always good to know exactly what you're eating and when to eat in moderation. 👍
❗Companies that sell açai juices, supplements, etc. often make a variety of claims about the health benefits of açai, from weight loss to improved aging to better sleep. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has issued a statement that there is not currently enough research-backed evidence to support any of these health claims. The Academy agrees that while açai berries are just as nutritious as other berries like blackberries and strawberries, there is no "magical" property about them that makes them uniquely beneficial to health.
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