Açaí is one of those buzzy superfoods used to make healthy smoothies and açaí bowls, but how is it actually beneficial for health and well-being? To learn about the benefits of the reddish-purple berry, we turned to Kimberly Snyder, nutritionist and repeat New York Times best-selling author of the Beauty Detox book series and Radical Beauty. Spoiler: The antioxidant-rich fruit is especially beneficial for skin.
Ahead, Snyder shares five reasons you’ll want to incorporate açaí into your diet stat, plus the actuality of its sugar content: You’ll be surprised.
Benefit #1: It Protects Your Skin
“Açaí is the top antioxidant-rich fruit, with research showing that açaí has 500% more antioxidants than blueberries. It has renewing effects on the complexion and also protects the skin against skin-damaging free radicals.”
Benefit #2: It Might Get Rid of Wrinkles
“Açaí’s superior antioxidant content comes from anthocyanins and flavonoids, which is responsible for its brilliant purple color. Açaí is actually a fatty fruit that contains omega fatty acids. These fatty acids also work to help ensure that fat-soluble beauty vitamins are being absorbed into the body and are getting to the skin. This helps to revive skin cells, which supports skin elasticity and protection against skin-damaging free radicals.”
Benefit #3: It Gives Your Skin That Glow
“Açaí has a high amount of vitamin C, a skin-brightening agent, and vitamin E, which helps smooth the skin to help it look more radiant. Açaí also contains energizing B vitamins and has a good amount of fiber, which helps keep your system free of toxins that can cause clogging and prevent nutrients from getting to your skin.”
Benefit #4: It Can Satiate Your Sweet Tooth
“One of the best things about açai is that it’s one of the only fruits on the planet that is naturally sugar-free. Açaí bowls get a bad reputation for being high-sugar, but the real culprit for high-sugar content is all of the add-ons such as honey, granola, juice, etc. My favorite brand that I’ve been using for years is the Sambazon Unsweetened Açaí Smoothie packets—made from organic açaí, wild-harvested from the heart of the Amazon.
“It’s also important that your açai bowls are properly food combined. Luckily, açai is a very versatile berry and can be combined with many other foods (chocolate is a great combination!).”
Benefit #5: It Helps Your Digestion
“Açaí berries are filled with fiber (which is a natural cleanser) and minerals, and they are capable of speeding up bowel transit time—preventing foods from fermenting in the intestines, which can contribute to bloating, constipation, and gas.”
If you’re wondering where you can purchase açai, it can be found in the freezer section of most health stores. Once you get home, be sure to check out some healthy smoothie bowls and one banana chocolate açai bowl you’ll want to DIY—trust us.