Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Acai Berries Are They A Superfood?

I get this question all the time, people want to know if the acai berry is good for weight loss or as a health food supplement. I want to let you know that it can be a great source of antioxidants but thats about it. That being what it is it can still be very good, because antioxidants fuel your immune system and will give you a energy boost right off the bat. And being that acai berries carry the most antioxidants than any other fruit they are a perfect source for this purpose. They also have the lowest sugar content than any other fruit this is great news for a diabetic.

That being said you have to watch for a couple of things first is the process, most claim they carry 1,200ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) per gram of acai berry. This is based on the raw berry itself and not after processing, after they are processed the number drops to a staggering 100 ORAC. Like any other food or super food in this case, you need to do your research.
Second, the price is high for this "super food" mainly because of the demand and the fact that they are fragile plus grown in brazil. You can save money by just eating more fruit and vegetables.
Third, Nothing will ever replace a great whole/raw food diet and regular exercise as it pertains to weight loss. You will never find a "fix all" so stop looking for one.

There are many other super foods out there that can help you achieve optimal health without making your wallet lighter.
Concord grapes
Black beans, just to name a few.

So no more questions about the acai berry, and stop spending money on a product that can be replaced with something grown locally for half the price.
I am going to go and enjoy some super foods now you should do the same, I think it would be super!

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