If you are into new health products (which I assume you are since you are reading this blog), you have probably heard of the Acai (pronounced ahh-sigh-e) Berry. Producers of the "magic" berry boast huge health claims--but are they really true? Plus--what is it?
The acai berry is a large Brazillian berry. They are rarely, if ever, sold in stores. Instead, it is sold primarily as juice or supplements. The acai berry contains lots of antioxidants, similar to that of other berries. It is also high in unsaturated fats--which is really unique.
The catch is that none of the health claims associated with acai berries have been proven true. Makers of acai berry products have come under fire for making false health claims. Producers have claimed that the acai juices can reduce the risk of several diseases, aid with weight loss or help you look younger. Don't believe a word of it (sorry!). None of these claims have been verified through science. Plus, the high fat content of the berry certainly won't help you lose weight.
My take, if you are curious about acai juice or if you like it--read the label. Watch for calorie, fat and sugar content per serving. I think you would be much better off with a piece of fresh fruit or a cup of berries. You'll not only satisfy a sweet taste but reap the benefits of the fiber and nutrient content.
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