Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Fox News Reports on the Acai Berry

Acai - Superfruit Superhero from Acai palm is a multi-trunked palm tree native to South and Central America. Its scientific name is Euterpe oleracea. The fruit is a small deep purple berry type fruit resembling a grape. Acai has a large seed and not much pulp. The seed is not edible. It is from this pulp that its nutritional value is derived. The fruit pulp contains about 4% protein , 12% lipids and a very high fiber content.(3) Other nutrients include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, vitamins A, C, and E, but what really qualifies Acai as a Superfruit is its amazing antioxidant profile.(1) The amino acid profile of Acia pulp is almost identical to that of an egg. The difference is an egg has slightly more metionine and lisine and Acai has slightly more phenylalanine and treonine.(1) The Acai berry also contains several beneficial fatty acids. The saturated fat content of Acai is low and comes mainly from palmitic acid. Mono-unsaturated fat is unusually high for a fruit and comes from oleic acid, an Omega-9 fat. Poly-unsaturated fat is from linoleic acid, an Omega-6 fat. There are traces of linolenic acid, an Omega-3 fat in Acai pulp, however Acai is not considered a good source of Omega-3s. It should be noted that the oleic acid content of Acai is the same as in olive oil.(1) As stated above, it is the antioxidants contained in Acai that make it a Superfruit, and is the reason this fruit is included in the Eiro formula ...

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