Posted on Aug 27, 2009 | Comments 2
If you have read or heard about the Acai Berry recently, it is probably in conjunction with some superlative such as ‘The Miracle Berry’ or with ‘Fast Weight loss’ or ‘Natural weight loss’ etc., which would obviously have led you to ask the question, if it is so good, how come there are many obese people left in the world.
There are a slew of products in the market that include tablets, juice, smoothies, instant drink powders, as well as the whole fruit.
The Acai berry is also proclaimed to be rich in antioxidants and is said to promote good health as well as have therapeutic effects on conditions such as diabetes, chronic illnesses and also as an aphrodisiac.
It is supposed to help in controlling signs of aging as well as fight cancer. So what is the truth about the Acai berry? Is it the miracle weight loss supplement that it is touted to be, and one of the most nutritious and powerful foods in the world as it is claimed to be? Well in a word NO.
Research as well as expert opinion has said that the Acai berry is a good source of certain kinds of nutrition, it has high levels of antioxidants, but not the highest (apparently chocolate, oranges, tomatoes and blueberries, give you the same or perhaps higher degrees of antioxidants).
So while Acai berry can be said to be good for health, it is nothing like the miracle weight loss supplement that clever marketers will have you believe.
The Acai Berry came to the forefront when it was mentioned on the Oprah Show by Dr Mehmet Oz, who however said nothing about any miraculous weight loss properties.
He only spoke about its nutritional benefits and its antioxidant properties, which he put into perspective when he said, “Colorful dark foods like red wine, pomegranates, concord grapes, blueberries — they call them brain berries — are full of nutrients.”
To put it beyond doubt, Dr Oz further clarified that “Acai seems to be as good as any other [good food], not better. Another example of a wonderful food.”
If readers are contemplating taking the ‘Free Trial’ if the Acai berry products that websites promise, it is advisable to do some research before doing so.
Consumers have complained about being billed for further supplies that were never ordered and there being certain issues with regard to efficacy of the products as well. So as far as the Acai berry is concerned, we have two words: Caveat Emptor!
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