The acai berry is a drupe harvested from tall, slender palm trees found across the Amazon River basin of South America. The berry is a cross between a grape and a blueberry which consists of a reddish to purple colour containing clusters of seeds, with only around 15 percent being edible.

 

These berries are also quite perishable and are rarely found fresh in supermarkets but often in a powder or frozen form.

 

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Traditional uses for acai fruit has included treatment for diarrhoea, parasitic infections, haemorrhages and ulcers. (1)

 

  • Is one of the highest sources of antioxidants among fruits and vegetables and contains ten times more antioxidants than red grapes, as shown by Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) values. (2)

 

  • Low in sugar which prevents the onset of type two diabetes. (3)

 

  • Contains high levels of the trace minerals: iron, calcium and fibre which work together to provide blood circulatory and metabolic functions. (4)

 

  • The berry contains anthocyanin compounds such as resveratrol and cyaniding and ferulic acid, which provides fruits and vegetables with their distinct colour and combine excellently with flavonoids to defend the body against harmful free radicals. (5)

 

  • Provides beneficial fatty acids such as oleic acid, one of the same oils found in olive oil which significantly reduce bad low-density lipid cholesterol, reducing the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. (6)

 

Acai Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per
Serving
% Daily
Value*
Calories 70
Calories from Fat 50
Total Fat 5 g 8%
Saturated Fat 2 g 8%
Trans Fat 0 g 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 10 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 4 g 1%
Dietary Fibre 2 g 8%
Sugar 2 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 15% Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 2% Iron 0%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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