Acai Berry What A Berry?

Acai Berry What A Berry

Living the FASTer Way To Fat Loss has showed me more types of whole foods and unusual foods than I would have not found, if I would have not joined this amazing program.  Being a coach, I figured I needed to start looking into some of the different types of foods people post that help you find variety and help me stick to dairy and gluten free. Plus I am finding delicious foods that are packed with antioxidants and nutrients.

Well everyone has been posting about acai bowls and using these to break fast on our regular carb days. I found Sunfood superfoods organic acai maqui bowl mix at our local Wal-Mart.  I am probably over thinking this, but after looking at where these berries come from, how can this package have a USDA organic label when these berries come from the Amazon and Peru? 

Once I prepared my acai bowl for breaking fast I begin to read the label for the ingredients.  I told my husband if I have an allergic reaction this is what I am eating. LOL.

This mix has acai berry powder, maqui berry powder, blueberry powder, chia powder, banana powder, lucuma powder and red maca powder. I had did not know what the acai, maqui, lucuma and red maca powders were.  So this led me to researching. I use as my go to source for looking stuff up on the internet. They are evidence based and check their data. 

Acai berries are from the amazon.  They are grown from an acai palm tree in the rainforest in Central and South America.  These berries are not found fresh, except in the areas they are grown.  We can get them in powder, frozen or juiced. 

They have a deep purple-blue skin which makes them high in antioxidants.  Antioxidants help fight free radicals, help with inflammation. One type of antioxidant, anthocyanins are found in red, purple and blackish blue foods naturally.  This antioxidant is used in herbal medicine to treat urinary tract infections and high blood pressure.

The maqui is a plant with purple black berries from Chile and Argentina.  They too have the high antioxidant type properties to fight free radicals.  Some natural path providers use these to help treat dry eyes, pre-Diabetes, Diabetes, heart disease, Diarrhea, Fever and fatigue.  Do not rely on this information to self-treat.  This data per Web MD needs more evidence base research to determine the effectiveness of these treatments.

The maca root is found in Peru.  It is said to be the “Peruvian Ginseng”.  It is a plant that is a cruciferous vegetable. So they are similar to broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, kale, cabbage and bok choy.  The health benefit for maca is said to increase your sex drive and fertility.  Still need more data.  It does give you Vitamin C, copper, iron and is low in fat and high in fiber and carbs.

The last ingredient that I did not know was the lucuma powder.  This too is from native South America and is a hard green skin fruit with a yellow middle.  It is compared to the sweet potato and butterscotch in flavoring.  It is used as a substitute for table sugar.  It is a complex carb with both soluble and insoluble fiber.  

Overall this acai bowl mix was good.  It was very sweet.  I am blaming this on the lucuma powder and maybe banana. If you want to fix your sweet tooth this is a healthy option.  Oh, and I did not have an allergic reaction to this super healthy food. I will eat this again.  It was super easy to make.  So, freeze your soon to be past ripe bananas.

When buying acai bowl mixes make sure you look for the added sugar.  This brand is good, the added sugar is only 4.5g. I will be looking for something lower.

To learn more about eating whole foods, carb cycling and intermittent fasting check out the link below. Here is the recipe I used for my Strawberry Acai Bowl with Protein. My Fitness Pal – 737 calories, carbohydrates 101, protein, 36, fat 28, fiber 17.

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