You’ve probably heard health experts and your Whole Foods shopping gal pal rave about superfoods including açaí, maybe you’ve even indulged in the deliciousness of an açaí bowl yourself, but do you really know what açaí is? And perhaps more importantly, do you know how to pronounce the word açaí? Fear not! This quick and easy guide will explain everything you need to know.
First things first, the correct pronunciation of açaí is (ah-sigh-EE).
Though we typically know açaí as a delicious juice or frozen treat, açaí berries grow on palm trees native to South America, primarily in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil. Though açaí is trendy in the states, it has been commonplace in Brazil for years, often being referred to as the “Beauty Berry” for its numerous healing and rejuvenating properties that help slow down the aging process.
Açaí is a superfood, which means that it is low in calories and high in nutrients. But when you say high in nutrients, what nutrients are you talking about and why do they matter? Prepare yourself. This information will give you an intense urge to go stock up on all things açaí immediately. Açaí is high in protein, fiber, omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, amino acids and antioxidants. It is proven to promote healthy skin, nails and hair, as well as lower cholesterol, maintain a healthy body weight and soothe digestion.
With every health trend comes speculation. Some açaí lovers boast claims that the fruit can help fight cancer and other ailments, however, these claims have not been scientifically proven. Açaí may not be proven to fight cancer, but it’s definitely still a superfood we should all be consuming.