Posted on Leave a comment

Acai so Berry Powerful

Acai berries, (pronounced ah-sigh-EE) have been all the superfood rage for a while, and rightly so! These blueberry-like fruits are native to the rainforests of Central and Southern America. and are harvested from acai palm trees, growing In abundance along palm branches much like Brussel sprouts do along stalks.

The açaí palm is a species of palm tree in the genus Euterpe cultivated for their fruit and superior hearts of palm. Global demand for the fruit has expanded rapidly in recent years, and açaí is now cultivated for that purpose primarily. The closely-related species Euterpe edulis (jucara) is now predominantly used for hearts of palm.

Known for their high antioxidant content, acai berries boast many potential health benefits, with studies suggesting links to improved cognitive function, and protection against cancers and heart disease while generally improving and maintaining overall health. These berries are also filled to the brim with healthy fats and fiber, making them the perfect addition to any healthy breakfast or snack. Hence why we’ve included them in our Vegan Chia, Acai & Coconut Granola.

Benefits of Acai Berries:

  • The fibre found in Acai berry skin and pulp can aid digestion. Fibre can help prevent or relieve constipation and may help support a healthy cardiovascular system.
  • Acai is naturally high in essential fatty acids having a fatty acid profile similar to olive oil. The link between essential fatty acids and heart health and a healthy nervous system is well documented.
  • Acai berries contain amino acids which help promote muscle performance, energy production, endurance and strength.
  • Acai berries contain as much Vitamin C as blueberries and is also a source of Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and E. It is also a source of calcium, magnesium, zinc and copper.

Be sure to checkout our healthy acai and granola bowl recipes over on our recipe page and read up about the benefits of chia seeds to see exactly why we teamed these two ingredients together in one superfood rich granola.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *