Acai Berry – Just Another Nutritious Fruit?


Acai Berries

From Webmd health blog:You’ll probably lose more money than weight…

Acai berries…perhaps you’ve heard of them? Remember the hype from pomegranates a couple of years ago? Well, the torch appears to have been passed to the Brazilian berry and the hype has been cranked up a few notches. The Center For Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) blew the whistle last week on web-based acai scams, which they say are fooling consumers with fake blogs, fake endorsements, and fishy science.

According to CSPI there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that acai pills will help shed pounds, flatten tummies, cleanse colons, enhance sexual desire, etc. People appear to be getting scammed here two ways. There’s the lack of science behind these Internet health claims and then there’s the credit card scam-many consumers have had trouble stopping recurrent charges on their credit cards when they cancel their “free” trials. CSPI is reporting that even web sites purporting to warn people about acai-related scams are themselves perpetrating scams, some of which appear to be linked to overseas banks. So be careful out there people, you are probably more likely to lose your money rather than your extra weight.

 

Let’s get back to the berry: What do we really know about it nutritionally?

 

Acai juice does contribute antioxidants but less so than Concord grape juice, blueberry juice and black cherry juice, according to a recent analysis* that used 4 different antioxidant potency tests. It contains more antioxidants, however, than cranberry, orange and apple juices.

 

Beyond that, we don’t really know much more than this. I was trying to find an impartial source for the information on its nutrition content. My computer software program didn’t have anything on it and the USDA database only had some information on the V8 Fusion blend that contains acai berry.

 

Until more is known and the hype (and price) go down on acai berry juices and food products, you can always pick up a bottle of 100% concord grape juice for a couple of bucks (just saying)… Each 8 ounce serving contains 170 calories, 42 grams carbohydrate, 250 mg potassium, 20% daily value for vitamin C and copious antioxidant-acting polypenols that have been linked to all sorts of good things for your body.

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