Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years, you can’t fail to have heard of the humble Acai berry. Nutritional experts have described the Acai berry as a ‘super fruit’, or in other words a food with an extremely high nutritional value. But are Acai berries really that good for you or is it all a lot of hype?
Acai berries are available in many different forms. You can’t buy them as a whole fruit because they don’t survive the trip from South America, but you can buy them as a pulp, powder, in capsules or in a health juice.
The Myths About Acai Berries
Whilst Acai berries undeniably have a lot of health benefits, it is important that you don’t believe everything you read about this reddish-purple berry found growing in the rainforests of Brazil. Unfortunately, there are lot of myths and untruths out there relating to Acai berries.
- Appetite suppressant – When you want to believe in something badly enough, often it comes true, but in this instance, taking an Acai berry weight loss supplement won’t curb your hunger pangs, no matter how many you take.
- Metabolism booster – There is no scientific evidence that eating Acai berry in any form will boost your metabolism. The best way to do that is to try doing some intensive exercise.
The Facts About Acai Berries
One benefit of adding Acai berry products to your diet is that they do contain high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are good for us because they help to keep our immune systems in good health. They fight the ‘free radical’ cells that cause damage and are thought to increase your risk of cancer and heart disease. But it isn’t just Acai berries that contain high levels of antioxidants. All colourful fruits contain them—and cost a lot less to buy!
One extra benefit Acai berries have that other fruits don’t is monounsaturated fats. These help us to feel full at the end of a meal, but although Acai berries do contain this useful ingredient, you would need to eat a lot of them to enjoy any real benefit.
Lose Weight The Healthy Way
There is no one single food that will magically help you to lose weight. Acai berries are just as healthy as any other berry fruit, so instead of splashing out on expensive Acai weight loss supplements, buy some blueberries or raspberries instead.
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