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The acai bowls, made from the Brazilian “superfruit,” acai berries, provide The Breeches Cafe‘s menu with a healthy alternative to the traditional breakfast treats of sticky buns and croissants.

As a South American “superfruit,” acai berries are mostly found in Brazil, and their short life-span after harvest makes them a treasured commodity in other countries around the world, including the United States. These dark purple berries are one of the main ingredients in the ever-popular acai bowls, making them a breakfast treat noteworthy of its versatility and many long-term health benefits.

With its ice-cream like texture, the acai bowl is the equivalent of a thick smoothie that can be topped with almost any food ranging from oatmeal and various fruits like bananas. Those who frequently enjoy acai bowls describe the taste of plain acai berries as a mixture between the succulence of blackberries, bananas, strawberries, and kiwis and unsweetened chocolate.

Yet, despite its earthy sweetness, this smoothie-like breakfast blend is packed with nutritional and health benefits. On top of its versatility as a breakfast dish, here are four of the health benefits of choosing the Brazilian “superfruit” as your most important meal of the day.

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1. Increased Body to Nutrient Density

The acai berries used in The Breeches Cafe‘s acai bowls are mildly high in healthy fats but low in sugar. In addition to the nutrients and antioxidants naturally found in acai berries, trace amounts of other naturally occurring minerals such as zinc, iron, and magnesium add to acai berries definition of a “superfruit.” Their deep purple color is caused by anthocyanins, another antioxidant found naturally in acai berries, as well.

2. Stronger Defense Against Free Radicals

Free radicals are naturally occurring agents in our bodies that can damage cells if left unattended. In turn, these free-ranging agents can lead to diseases like diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Fortunately, antioxidants help combat these free radicals and protect your cells against future damage and disease.

Antioxidants are naturally found in fruits like blueberries, cranberries, and acai berries. However, according to an article about acai berries at Healthline.com, one serving of this Brazilian “superfruit” has over three times the antioxidants found in one serving of blueberries, another fruit considered to be rich in antioxidants.

3. Potentially Improved Cholesterol Levels

According to the same article, studies on animals suggest that a correlation between consuming acai berries (or acai bowls) and lower cholesterol levels could be true. Scientists claim that studies have linked the anthocyanins (antioxidants) in acai plants to improvements in HDL and LDL cholesterols in humans. Naturally, however, more scientific research is needed to fully confirm this health benefit.

4. Boosted Long-Term Brain Functioning

Lastly, the choice to eat an acai bowl every morning could protect your brain from the damaging effects of natural aging. The abundance of antioxidants found in acai berries counteracts the natural inflammation and oxidation of brain cells with age.

In simpler terms, your brain is constantly cleaning up after itself, disregarding the cells that are toxic or no longer working. As you age, your brain’s process of this type of housekeeping becomes less functional and efficient. However, the abundance of antioxidants found in acai berries and acai bowls help stimulate this process and keep your brain functioning at high levels of efficiency, regardless of your age.

Photography by Alanna Kelly

At Allenberry Resort, we value our guests’ health and well-being. From our amenities to the foods we serve in The Breeches Cafe, we strive to offer our guests the healthy alternatives, like the acai bowl menu option, they deserve.

Information for this article provided by:
5 Impressive Health Benefits of Acai Berries by Keri-Ann Jennings, MS, RD https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-acai-berries