Newest snack obsession: Acai Bowl

Acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) is a small berry rich in antioxidants, fiber and heart healthy fats. It is produced from the Acai palm tree which are primarily found in central and south America.

acai fruit

Acai originally gained popularity as a superfood with claims that it also promotes weight loss. Supplements including pills and powders were marketed throughout the country, though there are still no proven benefits to these claims (source). Acai berries are rich in antioxidants, with some studies showing they contain more antioxidants the cranberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries (source).  Though acai berries are rich in antioxidants, this is not to say there are not other, more commonly consumed foods, that are higher in antioxidants including concord grapes and pomegranates (source). Regardless of whether acai berries have the highest antioxidant content or not, they have a wonderful flavor and provide an alternative to the more commonly consumed berries.

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