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What The Processed Acai Berry Contains

Updated on June 29, 2010

Away in the Amazon region, for hundreds of years, the natives have plucked and eaten the acai berry fresh off the palms that bear them. This, however, isn’t possible right now where we live because the palms don’t grow here – only in the Amazon region. However, as the Brazilian acai berry is picked, pulped, frozen and packed quickly to make sure it does not spoil or lose its nutrients, the studies that have been done on the processed fruit throw up a picture of what the composition of the fruit is. Many of these studies have been done on the freeze-dried fruit, not the acai berry pulp.

Looking at all those reports, these are the conclusions that many researchers have drawn about the composition of the fruit. The carbohydrate content is 52%, the protein content is 8 % and the fat is content is 32.5 %. If you were to drink/eat a hundred grams of acai berry pulp, you would be ingesting 534 calories. There are traces of Vitamin A and Vitamin C present and it also contains calcium, iron, amino acids, aspartic acid and glutamic acid. The fat content is made up of oleic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid and beta-sitosterol. Thanks to the high fat content, the acai berry tends to spoil if it isn’t frozen quickly.

So what makes the natural acai berry so healthy? On testing, it was found that the acai berry was full of antioxidants. The acai berry antioxidant content is a lot of flavanoids which are the antioxidants found in dark purple and dark blue fruits. These antioxidants are called anthocyanins which are also found in red wine and which are thought to be the reason why the French are so fit and healthy. What was also found was that the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity or ORAC figure was higher in the acai berry than any other fruit. Ideally, we should have over 3000 units a day for good health but unfortunately, most Americans have less than 1000 a day. So when you look at the acai berry which has over 5000 units for every 10 grams of fruit, you’ll see what we are talking about. It’s great not just to keep you healthy but also to get you well again if you have been ill.

So was it the high level of antioxidants that kept the local Amazons in such a great state of health? We know that in today’s world where so much of our health is being compromised with junk food and pollution, we need the extra antioxidant factor and ORAC like never before. With a greater antioxidant level, at least a lot more of the free radicals that are present in most modern day bodies get taken care of. This means the propensity for disease becomes lowered and that is vital for most of us today in a world where much of our food is processed and has so many preservatives and additives. More antioxidants definitely seem to be the order of the day and if the natural acai berry can give it to us, that’s great.

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