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.”