Is Acai really a superfood?

Getting all this hype everywhere from social media and wondering how much information can be true online these days, some of you might wonder, is Acai really a considered to be a superfood? Let's dig in deeper.

Acai requires no introduction, however if you would like to know more, please refer to our previous article over here.

How did Acai get so popular?

Even though Acai have been in the Amazon forest for thousands of years, the fruit was not introduced to America until around the year 2000 and eventually made its way across the globe.

Apparently Acai got popular because of brazilian jiu jitsu and surfers that were in Brazil. People started to go crazy over Acai bowl and their health benefits.

Now here is the questions, how much benefits must a certain food have to be considered to be a superfood? According to Merriam Webster, this is what i found:



su·​per·​food ˈsü-pər-ˌfüd 
plural superfoods
: a food (such as salmon, broccoli, or blueberries) that is rich in compounds (such as antioxidants, fiber, or fatty acids) considered beneficial to a person's health
From this definition, Acai does sound very much like a superfood. Let me explain why.
How is Acai the Superfood
1. Rich in antioxidants - Apparently the word rich might be an understatement since various sources have proved that Acai is the king of antioxidants for fruits, beating blueberries. According to a healthline article, Açaí berries are one of the best sources of antioxidant polyphenols and may contain as much as 10 times more antioxidants than blueberries. So yes if blueberry is considered as a superfood, then i don't see why Acai is not.
2. High in healthy vegan fats - Refer to our previous blog post for what i found on our very own Acai pulps. It was an absolute pleasure to know how much healthy fats was present on each packet, there is no need for any proof via lab test. This healthy fats contains essential fatty acids like omega 6 and omega 9. These play an important role in helping to maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
3. High in Anthocyanins - The deep purple colour in Acai is an obvious sign that anthocyanins are present. These may lower oxidative stress and inflammation, promoting brain health. Anthocyanins also have been shown to enhance and improve memory.
Are you still casting doubt that Acai is the king of all superfoods? Not to worry, do your own research to understand more about Acai. Here at Smoof, we have verified with lab tests to ensure that the Acai is with its proper nutritional values and nothing unsafe for consumption.

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