Friday, April 9, 2010

Acai - The New Superfood

Watch out blueberries, there is a new fruit in town! Açaí (ah-sigh-ee), a berry harvested in the Amazon is proving to be better tasting and more nutritious than the once before favored blueberry. Although blueberries are rich in Vitamin A, C, and E, potassium and anti-oxidants, the açaí berry is named the new superfood by most nutritionists.

With over 40 stores in Florida alone, Planet Smoothie is the leading seller of the superfood. Planet Smoothie locations serve the fruit in either a smoothie, blended with bananas and strawberries, or in an açaí bowl, blended with bananas until thick and topped with granola and bananas on top.

Jaxsonville’s Planet Smoothie owner, Sharon Colligan, said, ”acai is loaded with anti-oxidants and omegas, 3, 6, and 9. It is not only the most nutritious fruit out there, it tastes good, like chocolate.”

Indeed, the berry is a blend of a sweet fruit and a chocolaty taste. Behind the vibrant purple color, is a list that makes the fruit so unique. It has more anti-oxidants than a blueberry, amino acids, fatty acids, omegas and natural energy.
“The amount of anti-oxidants in the berry have proven to lower risk of heart disease and cancer. The omega fatty acids are suggested to promote cardiovascular and digestive track health,” said Colligan.

In 2008 a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry showed the effects of açaí on the bloodstream. The study concluded that drinking açaí pulp improved the amount of antioxidants found in the bloodstream. The University of Florida conducted a study that suggested that açaí berries “contain antioxidants that destroyed cultured human cancer cells in a test tube”.

“I have never tasted anything like it. When I leave the state for vacation the first thing I miss is my açaí bowl,” said Planet Smoothie regular Janet Whooley.

What more could woman want? Açaí is a healthy and nutritious fruit and satisfies that middle of the night craving for chocolate.

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