The Acai Berry – Why Is This So Popular?

November 15, 2010 by Matt

So again we see the health food market literally erupt this past year and we learn about a new food that nobody had probably ever heard of before that. That would be the Acai (prounounced ah-sigh-ee) berry which is native to Brazil.

Here’s what is crazy to me. You will not find this berry basically anywhere in America. So unless you live in Brazil is extremely perishable and usually spoils within 24 hours of being harvested. However, the great thing is these berries are being processed as drinks that are in your supermarkets or health food stores.

I know you probably hear me say be careful with processed foods but because the acai berry is so delicate and perishable they are one of the most carefully produced processed foods.

So let’s get down to the nitty gritty and talk about why these berries have received an open arms welcome in the health food industry recently. Well for one they are a superfood and possess the absolute highest antioxidant levels of any kind of natural food substance and has numerous properties that cause fast weight loss.

Additional benefits include:
• Promote weight loss
• Boost energy & stamina
• Support the immune system
• Promote more restful sleep
• Fight aging and inflammation
• Protect against heart disease
• Increase libido

And that’s just to name a few. It’s also high in Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E has has 10 times the amount of antioxidants than grapes and twice as much as blueberries.

Not only that but the Acai berry is very rich in healthy Omega fats. Nearly 50% of the Acai berry is fat – with 74% of the fat coming from healthy unsaturated fats such as Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 9.

I have heard of Acai being formed into a powder so it’s more easily accessible over here in the States. So I’d say try this sweet little berry in a whey protein shake. Not only will the benefits of this berry help you out with weight loss but so will whey by suppressing your appetite cravings.

Did you know that whey protein is also one of the highest forms of protein you can have? Check out an article I posted over here on whey protein weight loss. Check it out and let me know what you thought of the post too.

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