Açai provides essential nutritional support for your body’s vital functions as it combines the potent antioxidants of berries with the healthy fats, fiber and protein of nuts.
In fact, açai’s principal macronutrients are heart-healthy omegas, unsaturated fatty acids that are crucial in lowering blood cholesterol levels and the associated risk of heart disease. 100g (3.5oz) of our Wonderfruit Açai® packs contain over 4g of linoleic acid (part of the omega 6 family of unsaturated fatty acids) and oleic acid (part of the omega 9 family of unsaturated fatty acids). Linoleic acid has the additional advantage of being an Essential Fatty Acid (EFA), that is, a fat that humans need but cannot synthesize, and must therefore be obtained through the diet.
Açai also contains a high amount of dietary fiber, important for regulating the gastro-intestinal function and for reducing the risk of type II diabetes. A single 100g (3.5oz) serving of our Wonderfruit Açai® packs contains 3g of fiber, or about 12% of daily recommended value. Thus, a 400g (14oz.) bowl of pure açai (the way we like to have it) contributes about half of one’s daily fiber needs. Not bad for a fruit that is better known for its antioxidants and heart-healthy fats!
And, perhaps most importantly, açai is loaded with anthocyanins, powerful antioxidants that protect us from the oxidizing action of free radicals thereby helping to prevent damage to our cells and its potentially grave consequences, including cancer, diabetes, and premature aging. Açai contains a powerful anti-oxidant of the flavonoid family called anthocyanin. Coming from the Greek words “anthos” for flower and “kyanos” for dark blue, anthocyanins are the pigments that give açai its characteristic color. The antioxidant content of açai is truly exceptional: a single 100g (3.5oz) serving of our Wonderfruit Açai® packs has an ORAC value of over 6.000, more than enough antioxidants for a whole day!
To top it all off, açai contains no gluten, caffeine or cholesterol and is practically devoid of sodium and natural sugars.
A truly amazing nutritional profile!