What is an Acai Berry.
Acai Berry (or Acai Palm) is a fruit that grows on palm tree. It is found in the Americas.The acai berry has energy, lipid, protein, carbohydrates, fiber, and sugar. Energy helps your internal function, builds and maintains cells and body tissues. You need lipid to provide your body with energy and to produce hormones. You need protein to repair cells and make new ones. You need carbohydrates to provide nutrients and carbohydrates help us digest food. Carbohydrates are the first source of energy for our body, without it, protein from our muscles will be used meaning that our body will eat its own muscles! YUCK! Our body needs fiber because it can lower blood cholesterol and mainly because it cleans your colon. Our body need sugar because it gives us a lot of energy for a short period of time.
What nutrients are in an Acai Berry, And what does that Nutrient do
The nutrients in an Acai Berry are Vitamin C, Vitamin A, B6 (Vitamin B), Vitamin K, Fiber, Omega fatty acids, omega-6 (linoleic acid), and omega-9 (oleic acid), Protein, Copper, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium, Antioxidants, resveratrol, cyanidin-3-galactoside, ferulic acid, delphinidin, petunidin, Polyphenols, Flavonoids. But the main nutrients in the Acai Berry is Vitamin A and potassium. Vitamin A helps the growth and development of your vision, immune system. And reproduction. Potassium keeps a normal water balance between your cells and body fluids. Potassium also helps your heart beat properly. Fib
What other food has that nutrients?
Another food that has vitamin a is Carrots. An normal Acai berry has 354 mg Vitamin A per 100 grams (IU). Carrots have 16706 mg Vitamin A per 100 grams (IU). The second highest nutrient in the Acai Berry is potassium. An normal Acai berry has 71mg Potassium. A Banana has 358 mg per 100 g of potassium. You will need to eat around 47 Acai berries to get the Vitamin A for only one carrot. And you need to eat 5 Acai berries to get the potassium of on banana.
Why is this food called a ‘superfood
I think that ‘superfoods’ are called superfoods because they try to lure the people into buying them. Also they put the price up on the ‘superfood’ just to make more money. You could buy a banana for cheaper than an Acai berry and a carrot as well. The acai berry is not a superfood because it only has 1 nutrient that is over 100mg. The highest nutrients in one superfood is Vitamin A with 354 mg per 100 gram but that gets crushed by the carrots 16706 mg of Vitamin A (per 100 grams). ‘Superfoods’ are just called that because they seem healthy and shopkeepers use it as a cheap way to get easy money.
Then it goes to money. Shopkeepers put the label ‘superfood’ so it makes people think that it really is a superfood but it’s not. Because it’s called a ‘superfood’ the money goes up. Think about it. Which is cheaper, one Carrot or 47 Acai Berries. Or 5 Acai berries or one banana. I think that supermarkets use the word ‘super’ just to attract the customers. The problem with using the word ‘superfood’ is that it makes customers think the Acai Berry is better than a banana or a carrot. Which it isn’t. Even though the carrot and the banana have way more Vitamin A and potassium.
‘Superfoods’ vs Normal Foods
Now let’s compare an Acai berry to a normal food. First lets compare fiber. A food that seems like it has a lot of fiber is broccoli. A normal Acai berry has 3.5 mg of fiber per 100 grams. But a broccoli has 2.6. But, the Acai Berry has 0.8 grams of fiber more than the broccoli. But because the Acai Berry is called a superfood it is going to be more expensive than the broccoli. So is 0.8 fiber more really worth it. I don’t think so because you can probably get 2 broccolis for the price of one Acai Berry. So if you are about to buy a superfood make sure it is good. Do some research into it before you buy it because usually a normal food can be better than a ‘superfood’.
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