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Why Acai Is Good For You

Acai: Good For You and Hard to Pronounce

Often touted as the hot new superfood, acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a delicious fruit harvested from palm trees in the Amazon. The boldly flavored berry tastes sort of like chocolate-covered cherries, and its health benefits are just as enticing. The pulp is packed with antioxidants — more than you get from blueberries, pomegranates, or red grapes — plus lots of fiber, amino acids, and heart-healthy fatty acids.

According to Dr. Nicholas Perricone, who calls acai one of the top 10 superfoods, the antioxidants in this "energy fruit" help combat premature aging, while the "almost perfect essential amino acid complex" aids in muscle regeneration, and the healthy fats help digestion.

You can't just walk into a grocery store or even a farmers market and buy acai berries, but there are plenty of yummy methods for consuming this fruit. Most common are juices, such as those from Bossa Nova and Sambazon, which combine acai with other fruits. The berries are also mixed into smoothies: Jamba Juice now offers an acai blend, and Sambazon sells smoothie packs, so you can make your own. At the Newsroom Cafe in LA not long ago, I devoured a delicious bowl of granola mixed with some sort of acai-yogurt smoothie that was absolutely delicious. How about you? Have you tried acai? If so, tell me about your experience with this supertasty superfood below.

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Joelie Joelie 7 years
I'm hoping that the world chooses Acai Berry to be the newest flavor of Jelly Belly! www.dreambeancontest.com Acai Berries are so deliciously awesome!
txrebel txrebel 7 years
Throw a banana, an orange, some coconut juice, strawberries and acai into your blender...add ice and I'll bet it would taste fine.
txrebel txrebel 7 years
I'd like to find out how you can get the berries sent to your home. I drink smoothies for breakfast and acai sounds like the perfect drink to wake up with.
tooq2love tooq2love 7 years
no whole foods nearby...V8 fusion acai mixed berry is great, and available in supermarkets.
sh3mta3 sh3mta3 7 years
Don't "researchers" keep finding new superfoods? In fact I just read that Chia seeds were the new superfood (Yes the seeds from Chia Pets). It's just a matter of time until a new one is discovered... http://www.diet-blog.com/archives/2008/05/20/new_superfood_chia_seeds.php
kia kia 7 years
Mmmm. One of my favorite treats in our old city was a Raspberry Acai sorbet from an organic ice cream store.
angelina8023 angelina8023 7 years
This sounds awesome!
arrhythmia arrhythmia 7 years
I love the taste! My school has a smoothie place and I get it everyday, I'm not sure about the energy boosting or antioxidant claims, but it sure is tasty for an afternoon treat. I did a little bit of acai research, and the berries are only harvested during certain times of the year so they freeze dry them. Also, the berries perish soon after they are harvested, so that explains why we never see them in berry form.
taratootie taratootie 7 years
Acai by itself isnt sweet and not like a super yummy blueberry, but for the antioxidant power it packs, Im willing to deal! Source for you all: http://www.acairoots.com/ <3 Tara
latent latent 7 years
I love the Bossa Nova juices. :)
Dublin62505 Dublin62505 7 years
Acai doesn't have much of a "berry" taste to me. It has a very grainy palm tree taste. The taste translates into what sucking on a palm frond would be like.
gabiushka gabiushka 7 years
So how much does it cost to ship them from Brazil? Is that good if we are worrying about being 'green' and stuff?
hlj504 hlj504 7 years
I tried this is the form of Mona Vie as well as the Bossa Nova juice...I rather like the taste, and the antioxidant benefits are an added bonus! It's not cheap, but I think it's worth it.I try to avoid having to actually say "acai" as much as possible because I can never seem to say it right! :)
hlj504 hlj504 7 years
I tried this is the form of Mona Vie as well as the Bossa Nova juice...I rather like the taste, and the antioxidant benefits are an added bonus! It's not cheap, but I think it's worth it. I try to avoid having to actually say "acai" as much as possible because I can never seem to say it right! :)
underyourwaves underyourwaves 7 years
I've been pronouncing it wrong! Now I'm really tempted to go buy some, though I've never seen it in supermarkets. My friend who lives in Hawaii loves acai. Chocolate covered cherry taste? I'm sold.
missyd missyd 7 years
LOL I was pronoucing it ALL wrong.......I was saying AH-KI-EEEI'm a loser LOL
missyd missyd 7 years
LOL I was pronoucing it ALL wrong....... I was saying AH-KI-EEE I'm a loser LOL
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 7 years
My husband loves acai juice and I think he even bought some acai chocolates once. I've tried the juice a few times and just don't like it. It's weird cuz I love spirulina which has a very distinct taste.. I can't even describe as "good", but I love it. But acai juice tastes icky to me.
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 7 years
My husband loves acai juice and I think he even bought some acai chocolates once. I've tried the juice a few times and just don't like it. It's weird cuz I love spirulina which has a very distinct taste.. I can't even describe as "good", but I love it. But acai juice tastes icky to me.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 7 years
i love acai, and am obsessed with anti-oxidants these days... i love the rich flavor, it almost has a cocoa-y taste to me.hobee's restaurant used to have an acai bowl, made with sambazon acai berry (puree i think?). not suere if they still have it. it was really good though. i've had the bossa nova brand of acai juice as well and really liked it. i just can't get over the price- $3 a bottle is too pricey for me.i try to drink acai green tea made by The Republic of Tea every day (http://www.republicoftea.com/templates/detail.asp?navID=1824). the taste is great, really fruity.
Swedeybebe Swedeybebe 7 years
i love acai, and am obsessed with anti-oxidants these days... i love the rich flavor, it almost has a cocoa-y taste to me. hobee's restaurant used to have an acai bowl, made with sambazon acai berry (puree i think?). not suere if they still have it. it was really good though. i've had the bossa nova brand of acai juice as well and really liked it. i just can't get over the price- $3 a bottle is too pricey for me. i try to drink acai green tea made by The Republic of Tea every day (http://www.republicoftea.com/templates/detail.asp?navID=1824). the taste is great, really fruity.
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