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What the Heck is Açaí­?

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What the Heck is Açaí­?

The last few years have seen an explosion in awareness of new superfoods, such as goji berry, chia seeds, and açaí­ (pronounced ah-sigh-ee).

Açaí­ fruit is a berry that comes from a palm tree native to Central and South America. The berries are small, round, dark-purple globes that look similar to Concord grapes.

Long eaten as a staple by indigenous populations in the regions where it grows, açaí­ came to the attention of Americans within the last decade, and had become very popular as a super food, primarily coveted for its purported antioxidant properties.

Açaí­ berries are rich beneficial omega fatty acids, including oleic acid and linoleic acid, which have been shown to reduce bad LDL cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol, helping to prevent heart disease. Açaí­ pulp also contains high levels of dietary fiber, which also lowers cholesterol. In addition, açaí­ is a good source of potassium, manganese, copper, iron, magnesium, B-complex vitamins, and vitamin-K.

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Because the berries contain large seeds, they are generally consumed juiced or otherwise processed. Here are a few recipes to get you started with this exotic super fruit:

Super Breakfast Kick
7 ounces frozen açaí­ berries
1 cup mixed frozen fruit and berries (your choice)
1 banana
1/4 cup granola

Place all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until liquefied.

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1 becky ezra { 07.03.13 at 10:23 am }

vitamin c with banana not good combi – the banana cancel the other vitamins!!! be aware!

2 Xenon { 06.19.13 at 11:29 am }

How does the fruit taste ,is that bit citric or tastes like Grape, whether this has good shelf life?
Thank You

3 JAN { 06.18.13 at 11:14 am }

In this picture they look exactly like blueberries. I have never seen them before, nor tried them. I am thinking it is just another expensive new fad.

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