A Nutritional Powerhouse: 5 Health Benefits of Açaí
You may have heard that this purple superfruit is extremely healthy with many nutritional benefits, but are you still wondering, “what’s the big deal?!?! Why is açaí so amazing for my health?” Well, there are actually a ton of benefits to eating açaí, which is why we want to raise awareness about this powerful superfruit with fellow Canadians.
Below we have outlined our top 5 health benefits of eating açaí:
- Naturally Sugar Free
When it comes to allergens and food sensitivities, not many people think of fruit as being a trigger. However, a ton of research is now pointing to sugars (even natural ones) as being a key culprit for people suffering with digestive and many other health issues. Açaí is one of the only low GI fruits that contains no sugars and has 0g of net carbs. It is therefore the perfect fruit for people following diabetic, low lectin, ketogenic or other low carb diets, or for people with digestive concerns. You can just add a touch of stevia or monk fruit to your açaí if you prefer a sweeter flavour!
- Healthy Fats, Antioxidants & Polyphenolic Compounds = Brain Fuel
Açaí is a source of healthy fats, which help with cognitive function. Eating fats used to be taboo, but research is increasingly showing the importance of healthy fats for overall wellbeing – especially for brain health. With the possibility of preventing brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, it’s a good idea to incorporate healthy fats on a regular basis. What’s more, the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory polyphenolic compounds found in açaí have also been found to promote brain health and improve memory.
- High in Fibre
Each serving of açaí contains about 15% of your daily fibre intake, which is great for digestive health and for keeping you full long after indulging in that delicious bowl. And you can easily up your fibre intake even more by adding things like avocado, flax seeds or granola to the mix!
- Electrolytes + Amino Acids = Fitness Fuel
For those fitness fanatics out there, you’ll be aware of the importance of electrolytes and amino acids to athletic performance. Açaí contains 19 different essential amino acids and most key electrolytes. Electrolytes are lost in sweat during exercise, which can cause weakness/fatigue and affect overall health. The high amount of potassium in açaí is great for refuelling those electrolytes post-workout. Açaí also contains magnesium, phosphorus, and sodium, making it a great electrolyte replenisher!
- High in Antioxidants
Açaí is probably most known for being a potent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants help to protect our bodies against the damaging effects of free radicals which make us more prone to diseases like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, and aging. Açaí is known to have much higher antioxidant amounts than other fruits like blueberries and grapes.
Tip: Look for Top Quality Açaí!
Some açaí products on the market contain added sugars, fruits or emulsifiers like soy lecithin. Look for a certified organic açaí with nothing but açaí, citric acid and water on the ingredients list for the purest, highest quality form. (HINT – our açaí fits within these guidelines!)