By now we’ve all seen the ads while we’re shopping for shoes online or walking into the grocery store for acai (ah-sigh-ee) berries and their health benefits. From cancer to baldness to exceptional weight loss, these tiny purplish berries have held several marketing titles that seemed to draw a craze for several years. Although some scientists claim the berries do have some interesting components, there is very little proof that the diet actually does what it says. Some are still researching and others, since the fad has simmered down, have moved on to other crazy claims and pills.
With glaring exclamation points and flavorful wording to help drive the buy-me-now point across, but does the acai berry actually stand up to all the hype? Are cleanses really helping your digestive tract? Do the supplements actually contain as many antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and amino acids as they claim? Is your health truly improving?
What is that little drupe?
To examine the acai berry more in-depth, we’ll have to travel back to where the fruit falls. This berry drops from the acai palm, which is indigenous to Trinidadian and South American swamps and floodplains a.k.a. the Amazon Rainforest. The palm creates the acai berry in batches of 500 to 900 fruits. The blackish-purple or green drupe (a fancy name for a stone fruit where the outside is fleshy and the inside contains a pit) are produced two times per year and made into frozen pulp, juices, dietary supplements, hats, mats, brooms, roofs, baskets, and the palm heart is considered a delicacy. An acai berry also contains oleic acid, palmitic acid, linoleic acid, vitamin C, calcium, vitamin A, amino acids, and low sugar.
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