Acai, A Rare Exotic Fruit, May Be Our Next Superfood

Nutrition — By on March 4, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Move over, Pomegranate — the acai berry is today’s top banana.

Now billed as a super food, along with things like pomegranate and leafy greens, acai products have been huge sellers at Whole Foods, said Sharon Stroud, a certified nutritionist at the market in Tulsa, OK.

Acai is a rare tropical fruit grown in virgin soils. It has high mineral and antioxidant content, said Anner Stone of Anner’s Wellness Works in Tulsa. She and partner Jill Wallis provide a “share bag” of organic fruits and veggies to customers once a week, along with a newsletter and information on how to cook what’s in the bag. Among their offerings, which also include condiments, snacks and supplements, are a few items with the acai berry.

Those familiar with MonaVie have known about acai for a few years. For the uninitiated, MonaVie develops and markets nutritional products with a blend of the acai berry, according to information on the company’s Web site.

The berry has also been mentioned on “Oprah,” with the talk show queen and dermatologist Dr. Nicholas Perricone touting the fruit as a super food. It’s full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids, Perricone claims on the Oprah Web site (see tulsaworld.com/oprahacai).

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