Acai

You can rightly call the acai berry a 'power fruit'. You can find the berries in the Amazon region, where they grow on large acai palms. The berries are extremely popular: the locals have known for a long time how healthy they are! Acai fruit is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids and proteins. In addition, the berry provides a lot of energy and contains little sugar. Acai berries are now also very popular in Europe. The nutrients of the berry fit perfectly with a fit, healthy lifestyle. Because acai berries are difficult to keep fresh, acai in the Netherlands is mainly found as powder or pulp. Discover here what benefits acai fruit has for a healthy diet!

WHAT IS ACAI AND WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

Acai is the name of a berry found in part of the Amazon region. The large acai palm that bears the berries can be found in Peru, Suriname and Brazil.  Bunches of acai berries hang at the top of the tree. Harvesting the acai berries is a spectacular sight: the local population climbs high into the palms to remove the berries with a machete. Not a job for anyone afraid of heights, because the acai tree grows between 20 and 30 meters high! The acai berry is about 2.5 cm in diameter. It has a fairly large seed and contains little flesh, but a lot of juice. Due to the warm climate, acai berries spoil quickly after they fall from the tree or are picked. That's why you can hardly buy them separately in Europe. They are usually offered as acai pulp, acai puree, powder or juice.

ACAI: HOW DO YOU PRONOUNCE IT AND WHAT DOES IT TASTE?

The pronunciation of the South American acai often raises questions. Here it comes: acai is pronounced 'asa-ie'. The berry is known for its pleasant taste. Enthusiasts find the taste of acai similar to blueberries, raspberries and also somewhat like nuts and chocolate. So you can easily add acai to your yogurt, cottage cheese or smoothie for a delicious aroma. In that respect, the acai berry is an 'accessible' superfood that you can enjoy in your breakfast or lunch.

WHY IS ACAI HEALTHY?

Acai berries are called a 'superfood' for good reason. They contain relatively little sugar, but a lot of vitamins C and E (antioxidants), minerals and omega fatty acids. In addition, acai contains a substance called 'theobromine'. Theobromine is similar to caffeine. It stimulates your heart muscle and dilates your blood vessels, making you feel energetic. This can be ideal before exercising or before a busy working day. In short, the acai berry contains the following nutrients:

  • Vitamin C and E (antioxidants)
  • anthocyanins (vegetable antioxidants)
  • Vitamin B1, B2 and B3
  • Amino acids
  • Omega acids 6 and 9
  • protein
  • calcium
  • potassium
  • theobromine

Amino acids support your muscles, while calcium contributes to strong bones. Another property that makes acai healthy is that it contains little sugar compared to other fruits. This is an advantage if you exercise a lot, or if you want to lose weight by limiting sugar in your diet.

WHO DOES ACAI BENEFITS?

The large amount of vitamins, antioxidants, fatty acids and energy in acai berries is a benefit for everyone. Antioxidants combat free radicals in your body and thus support your health in more ways. In addition, acai provides quick energy due to the substance theobromine, and it contains little sugar. You can always benefit from including acai in your diet regularly. This is especially true when you exercise, or when you could use some extra energy. Because you also get protein through acai fruit, it can easily be part of a vegan diet. Keep in mind that acai alone does not provide enough protein. It is therefore smart to also add other vegetable proteins to your diet. Finally, acai has a delicious taste: fresh and sour, with a hint of chocolate. A superfood with a great aroma; what else do you want?

HOW DOES ACAI FIT INTO A HEALTHY DIET?

You can incorporate acai into a healthy meal in different ways. Acai powder is best known in Europe. The powder is purple and has the delicious, fresh and sour taste that the acai berry is so famous for. Well-known ways to incorporate acai powder into food are in a smoothie, yogurt, cottage cheese or in an acai bowl. Because acai fruit contains so many antioxidants and vitamins, it is becoming increasingly popular as a supplement. If you want to add some extra antioxidants and energy to your diet, you can consider acai capsules, for example. Another way to benefit from acai is by consuming acai protein powder. This way, in addition to the necessary proteins, you immediately get antioxidants and vitamins!

HOW CAN YOU MAKE AN ACAI BOWL?

The healthy and delicious acai bowl is perhaps one of the most famous meals with acai berries. The bowl looks fresh, tastes delicious and you can make it in no time. Its preparation is very similar to a smoothie. The result too, although the acai bowl is a bit thicker. You eat it with a spoon. For example, you can make an acai bowl with the following ingredients:

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 50 ml coconut water or coconut milk
  • 25-50 grams of frozen berries
  • 5 strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons seeds and kernels mix or muesli
  • handful of blueberries (not frozen)
  • 1 tablespoon acai powder
  • To garnish: 1 to 2 tablespoons of grated coconut

There are plenty of variations on the acai bowl, so you can prepare it in the way you like best. Because a bowl is thicker and firmer than a smoothie, you will feel less hungry after consuming it. Especially with acai powder, which is packed with nutrients!

WHERE CAN YOU BUY ACAI?

At MySupernaturals you can buy various acai products, such as acai powder and acai capsules. The capsules in the range are 100% vegan and fit into a healthy, conscious diet. Do you have a sporty lifestyle? Then try the protein powder with acai. This protein powder provides you with all the energy for exercise and supports lean muscle building. The added acai gives you extra vitamins and various antioxidants.

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