What is açai
Açaí (pronounced: assai) is the fruit of a type of palm tree, whose scientific name is Euterpe oleracea, which is native and grows only in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. In these humid regions and near the rivers, these trees, called Açaizeros, stand about 25 meters high, with a thin and slightly curved trunk.
It is a food of habitual consumption in this geographical area to the point of representing 42% of everything that some indigenous populations eat.
It grows in clusters that weigh six kilos each, and each tree produces between four and eight clusters a year, with a yield of around 24 kilos of fruit.
The fruit or berry is small and dark purple in color, resembling a black grape or a large blueberry.
The açaí has a very tasty taste, it is a mixture of chocolate with a touch of cinnamon. But this combination fails to translate its flavor, which is why the flavor of this fruit ends up being exotic and intriguing.
This small fruit is loaded with a great richness in nutrients. Among some of the properties that açaí has, we can name calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and potassium. It is rich in vitamins E, vitamin C and vitamins of group B.
It has a high energy potential and is an antioxidant fruit par excellence. Açaí is made up of polyunsaturated fatty acids such as Omega 3, Omega 6, Omega 9, phytosterols and 16 amino acids.
Thanks to the minerals and vitamins that the fruit has, the body is remineralized, due to this the açaí is ideal for people who suffer from amnesia, tiredness or fatigue, lack of vigor or anorexia.
The collection of the fruit is done only by hand and in the wild. It is the economic activity par excellence of the state of Pará (Brazil). Harvesting takes place in the morning and, in the afternoons, the fruit is taken to the markets of the city of Belém. The bunches or chunks are shelled by hand and selected under strict quality control. From there it goes on to a kind of milling, where the base pulp is extracted.
When the açaí fruit is ripe it tends to deteriorate rapidly, to maintain its high nutritional content, the fruit must be processed within 24 hours of leaving the tree. For this reason, outside of Brazil, açaí can only be consumed through dehydrated powder or frozen pulp (-18º), its consistency is similar to chocolate ice cream.
The açaí pulp is mixed with guarana syrup, which is a derivative of another Amazon fruit and has a stimulating effect similar to that of caffeine, which gives it a sweeter and more delicious flavor.
It becomes one of the most complete and healthy foods known to man; satisfying the daily needs of a balanced diet with high levels of nutrients.
The most traditional way in Brazil to consume the fruit is açaí "Na Tigela", which consists of placing the pulp together with fruits, cereals or granola in a clay or ceramic casserole.
Another delicious way to consume it is in smoothies combined with bananas, strawberries, peaches, milk or guarana. Properties and benefits of açai.
Properties and benefits of açai
In addition to eliminating toxins, açaí rejuvenates the skin, reduces cholesterol and is an excellent multivitamin that provides energy throughout the day.
With açaí you can prevent and even fight cardiovascular diseases, such as cholesterol. The fiber content of açaí and its high content of beneficial fatty acids prevent fats from being oxidized and not absorbed, reducing harmful cholesterol.
Many mothers who cannot breastfeed their children use açaí as a replacement for breast milk.
Due to its high calcium content, it works as a substitute for milk. It is ideal for people with lactose resistance. It has been proven that compared to cow's milk, açaí provides 4 times more energy, 3 times more lipids, 7 times more carbohydrates, 100% more iron, 9 times more vitamin B1, 8 times more vitamin C, same amount of protein and calcium, half of phosphorus. And it is of VEGETABLE origin.
Some of the nutrients in açaí, such as carbohydrates, vitamins, fatty acids, fiber, omega and amino acids, make this fruit suppress appetite, reduce the accumulation of body fat, increase energy and endurance. daily and will boost your metabolism.
Essential Amino Acids: Regeneration of muscles, give strength and resistance.
Trace Minerals: Metabolic functions, strengthening of muscles, bones.
High content in Anthocyanins (antioxidants): Combats premature aging and degenerative diseases. Antioxidants serve to get rid of free radicals that are contaminating our body and help the growth of cells.
Stelores (beta-sitosterol): Helps control cholesterol and prostate problems.
Omega 3, 6 and 9 Essential Fatty Acids: These are the "friendly" fats of the human body and are very important to our health. These essential fatty acids play an important role in keeping cholesterol and triglyceride levels low, in stabilizing the heart rate, in keeping arteries clean, and in leveling blood pressure.
Vitamins A and C: They are antioxidant vitamins by nature. They strengthen the defense system, skin, eyesight and the formation of red blood cells.
The absence of vitamin A causes blurred vision, poor night vision, dry nails and skin, hair loss.
The absence of vitamin C makes our defenses lower, premature wrinkles appear, wounds take time to heal, gums swell and bleed, a general decay is felt.
Vitamin B Complex (Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12): Vitamins B are present in the metabolic processes of living cells. They generally work together, enhancing each other. If one of them is deficient, the others will not work well. These vitamins are soluble in water and our body does not store them so they must be taken every day. The excess is evacuated with the urine. The basic functions of the B complex are to convert food into glucose (the gasoline in our body), raising energy levels, both for the body and for the brain and nervous tissues, regulating the central nervous system. They are essential for all cell function and for the formation of red blood cells.
It contains proteins, fibers and minerals such as phosphorus, iron, calcium and potassium.
The 16 amino acids provided by açaí make this fruit recommended in vegetarian diets and for high-performance athletes. It is a fruit with a high level of energy providing vitality and resistance to have a more active day.
The açaí is made up of 40% fiber and the fiber naturally reduces the appetite. By preventing sugar locks, stabilizing blood sugar, the açaí fiber keeps energy levels stable. In this way, açaí helps reduce the accumulation of body fat and prevents insulin spikes that can convert excess blood sugar into fatty tissue.
In addition, the high dose of insoluble fiber that açaí has helps regulate constipation. This fiber, located in the skin of the fruit, collaborates in the regulation of metabolism.
These are just some of the benefits that this magnificent fruit provides.
Enjoy this natural delicacy that will also bring more health and energy to your life.
Acai in Argentina