Acai. Proudly Brazilian born and bred.
There’s so much talk about the acai I hardly know where to start with. The most interesting thing is that each new study proves more and more nutritional benefits of this berry.
Acai and guarana have been used by Amazonian indigenous tribes for centuries as foods that gives energy before a fight or long hunting trips. In fact the name of the fruit is of Tupi-Guarani origin and means “fruit that cries” or “fruit that leaks”.
Nowadays this Amazon pearl is consumed worldwide and is considered one of the top 10 natural superfood being part of diets, production of cosmetics and medical treatments.
The truth is that I love acai bowl with banana and granola. The taste did not please me the very first time I tried it but from the second spoonful I was addicted to the mixture.
I remember all the wonderful summers my family spent in Ilhabela and how we used to finish the afternoon in the sunny days (after going to the beach and having BBQ) with a nice acai bowl with fruits and granola.
Is it fat?? Unfortunately yes. The fruit has high caloric value and should be consumed in moderation.
And just in case you still not convinced, here are some key properties of the acai:
- It has high amounts of vitamin E; so it is a natural antioxidant and helps fight free radicals;
- It is rich in fibre and thus helps in bowel habits;
- It is rich in iron, important mineral for our bodies and that fights anaemia;
- It contains considerable protein, element that acts in the repair and construction of tissues and are essential in the diet to lose fat;
- It has a large concentration of calcium, which is essential for building bones and teeth;
- It has a high content of vitamin B1, as well as help stimulate appetite, ensures the proper functioning of the nervous system