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 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.