Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Myth #8: Acai berries can help you lose weight.

• Grown in the Amazon River basin in Brazil, acai is a deep purple berry that tastes like a combination of wild berries and chocolate.

• Some web sites selling acai products claim that acai's fiber and essential fatty acid content help it burn fat more efficiently, process food more quickly, cut down on cravings, and boost metabolism.


• Companies can make these claims because over-the-counter supplements are not closely regulated, so manufacturers can over-sell the health benefits of their products.

• The acai berry does have antioxidants, but so do many other fruits, including blueberries, strawberries, and cranberries.

• Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by harmful molecules in the body called free radicals, and may possibly help against diseases such as heart disease and cancer.

• When it comes to weight loss, there is not enough research to state that acai berries can help.

• No single food has the key to weight loss. To lose weight, you need to control calories with a healthy lifestyle approach that includes plenty of physical activity, nutritious foods, and adequate rest.

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