Enjoy a healthful, filling breakfast with our Acai Berry Smoothie Bowl! Filled with satiating ingredients such as frozen berries, spinach, flax seeds, and almond milk, this meal is sure to keep you smiling until lunch time. Not only is this smoothie bowl beautiful, decadent, and healthy, but it contains the ever so popular acai berry. Over the past few years, these “super power berries” have grabbed the media’s attention, but are the claims really true?
Acai berries contain many polyphenolic anthocyanin compounds like resveratrol, cyanidin-3-galactoside, ferulic acid, delphinidin, petunidin as well as astringent pro-anthocyanidin tannins like epicatechin, protocatechuic acid and ellagic acid. Scientific studies suggest that these compounds have been claimed to act as anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer functions by virtue of their anti-free radical fighting actions (1). The result? Acai berries are a great source of antioxidants, but they are no more superior than any other berry available, making the “super power” claims untrue. But regardless of the scientific facts, these berries are still a great option to include in your normal diet, which is why this smoothie bowl is one that will have you coming back for more. Bon appetit!
(1) Zafra-Stone, S., Yasmin, T., Bagchi, M., Chatterjee, A., Vinson, J. A. and Bagchi, D. (2007), Berry anthocyanins as novel antioxidants in human health and disease prevention. Mol. Nutr. Food Res., 51: 675–683. doi:10.1002/mnfr.200700002