Acai Berry: benefits, harms and how to make our recipes!
Fruit coming from acai tree that is of Amazonian origin, in Tupi, this plant is called ïwasa’i, which translated into Portuguese, means a tree that cries, or tree that expels water.
Some still know this plant as Juçara, from which the palm heart Juçara is extracted, which is much appreciated by Brazil.
However, until the eighties, the fruit was only known and consumed in the northern region, where it is part of the food and culture of the local population.
Only between the eighties and nineties did the acai pulp of the fruit begin to be commercialized by the rest of Brazil.
Today, this bitter fruit is popular and grown in other states, gaining more and more market.
It is still found in some countries of South America, such as Ecuador, Venezuela, Guianas and Colombia, in regions closer to our borders.
Its consumption by the people of the north is made with the cold pulp with flour or is made with fish broth, being a salty dish.
However, the consumption in the rest of the country is sweet, where we find juices, acai bowl, mixing cereals, condensed milk and fruits, or even ice creams, which are found in specialized snack bars or fast food.
It is also consumed by gym people and athletes, for helping to give more energy and satiety.
Today acai pulp contains Lipid, Iron, Protein, Carbohydrate, Fiber, Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, sixty percent monounsaturated fats and thirteen percent polyunsaturated fats, Anthocyanin, which is present in the shell and gives the purple colouration, Omega 6, Omega 9 and Oleic Acid.
Benefits and harms
Like all food, acai has its good and bad side, we list below, so you know exactly what it is ingesting.
It is an antioxidant, helps increase the immune system.
If consumed in nature, substituting a single meal, it can aid in the slimming, provided that it has a healthy, that is to say, well balanced and is practising some physical exercise.
To begin with, people with diabetes should not consume acai puree because they have too much carbohydrate. But people who do not have it can consume without exaggeration since a very big consumption of it is not good for your health.
It should be consumed a small amount, where there will be an average of six percent of the daily consumption of calories, if it is really in nature, without supplements of syrups, granola, condensed milk, ice cream, paçoca, etc. is the equivalent of a meal of the day when consumed only once, which is correct.
Where to find pulp or fruit
Nowadays, it is easier to find both the fruit itself and the organic acai pulp, organic acai puree being marketed in retail, in natural products stores and supermarkets, and can also be bought online via www.acaiamsterdam.nl
We at Acai Amsterdam only sell organic, sustainable and fairtrade acai from Amazon to Amsterdam, Netherlands, Belgium and Europe but be very careful when buying the pulp because many of them, which are industrialized, are not pure and have the addition of sugar, chemicals and other combinations, increasing the calories, even more, is that it is totally pure, there will be only sixty calories in every hundred grams consumed.
How to make vitamin and smoothie
To make it easier for both those who exercise to gain more muscle mass and need more energy, and for those who are doing a diet and exercise to lose those extra pounds, I will spend one
vitamin A recipe and one of acai smoothie.
Vitamin for those who need more energy
Put in the blender 100gr of organic frozen acai, a chopped banana, two hundred and fifty millilitres of whole milk, half chopped carrots, two tablespoons of granola, one tablespoon of oats, a chopped apple, one teaspoon of guarana powder or one tablespoon of guarana syrup but at Acai Amsterdam online shop we already sell acai with guarana in case you don’t find the syrup or powder.
After all blended, just consume. Remembering that this vitamin is for those who do exercises of great impacts and bodybuilding, where you will need a greater consumption of calories, where you should only take it once a day.
Juice for those who want to lose weight
In that case, you prefer the frozen acai puree, look at the pulp if it is one hundred percent natural (organic) so you do not have reverse surprises because you are consuming more calories than you should. Whisk in the blender a handful that is not too full of fruit or an acai pulp, a slice of papaya, two hundred millilitres of water, and an apple. If you prefer, you can put a teaspoon of sugar, or a few drops of sweetener.
Take it as soon as you are ready and only once a day. Do not take the juice with some other food such as bread, lunch, cakes, cheeses as this will increase the calorie content and the carbohydrate intake rate once.