What Is the Açaí Berry and Are There Health Benefits?

      The açaí berry is a small round berry (size of a grape) that is green when immature and ripens to a dark purple color. It is from the açaí palm, which is indigenous to Central and South America and grows in the Amazon region as well as swamps and flood plains. As a food, açaí berry is consumed raw and as juice. The juice is used commercially in jelly, syrup, ice cream, liquors, energy drinks and a variety of other beverages, and also can be used as a natural food colorant (
      Editors of Pharmacist's Letter and Prescriber's Letter.
      ). Açaí juice is viscous and contains about 2.4% protein and 5.9% lipids. The fruit pulp contains about 4% protein and 12% lipids. Nutrients include vitamins A, C, and E, calcium, phosphorus, iron, thiamine, and polyphenols and anthocyanins (
      Editors of Pharmacist's Letter and Prescriber's Letter.
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