Acai Berry – Worth it?

In the past decade or so, there have been numerous claims of foods that are super for one reason or another.  The majority of these foods are supposed to help with weight loss or other aspects of healthy living, but do they really?  While it is easy to buy into the hype of these superfoods, it is best to know exactly what one is getting when they decide to trust the advertising that is making all of these extreme claims. Let me start with Acai Berry.

acai berry - superfood - fact or myth?

Acai berries were one of the first superfoods advertised.  These berries are alleged to promote weight loss, and can now be found in a wide variety of weight loss supplements, pills, teas and other dietary regimes.  The Mayo Clinic states that these berries do have some properties that could potentially make acai berries a healthy alternative.  Some of these benefits include a higher antioxidant count than other berries, fats that can promote heart health, and a high amount of fiber.   If Mayo Clinic admits to these healthy aspects of the berry, are they in fact a superfood?  Not as much as advertisers would like you to believe.   The fact is, there have been very few studies actually done on the health benefits of acai berries.  While they do have some very important health properties, it has not been proven that they are any better than the “average” fruit, and may have one major drawback.  Acai berries may affect MRI scans if they are eaten in high quantities.   While these berries are safe, it is important to ensure that you are not eating more than the recommended daily resource amount.  Also, be careful of products that contain acai berries that might also have other ingredients, like caffeine.  So, what is the verdict on acai berries?  They are healthy fruit, but the few studies that have been done fail to prove health benefits worthy of naming this as a superfood.

Going beyond diets

These days after asking a friend how they are, the next logical question to ask is what diet are they on. All major magazines cover the new diet fad which certain movie stars may be trying out. First they started off by striking out fat. Eventually carbohydrates got cut out and then followed by gluten. Soon it was dairy products and then something else. It is surprising how every food form seems to be bad for you. And not eating something or the other seems to benefit you greatly.

Well, to look at food and diet as a concept, choose what you think is correct, not because some random person you know is following it. One diet that is perhaps the most preferential to follow on moral grounds is vegetarianism.

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PETA may have pretty controversial advertisements however they are quite close to the truth. As tasty as meat products may be, the act of eating an animal that has been raised, force-fed and the slaughtered to feed your need for meat, is quite revolting. There are many farms where animals are grown in cages and fed food spiked with hormones simply so they grow bigger and meatier. In turn, when they are slaughtered to be made in to your hamburgers, these animals are not killed first put cut up straight away. The pain the animal goes through is beyond horrific proportions. Eating that meat as food is wrong on all fronts. After all, life is a cycle of karma. Inflicting so much pain on an animal for food is bound to come around one day or the other.