There’s nary a day where our Instagram and Facebook feeds don’t remind us that fitspo models, foodies, and even our parents are indulging in the acai craze. However, unlike the many fleeting trends that come and go seemingly overnight (i.e., man buns, wheatgrass shots, gluten-free everything, and backpacks that are too small to hold anything) the acai berry has managed to firmly supplant itself in the middle of our collective consciousness. But why? What gives the acai berry its uncanny staying power and indefatigability in the face of so many other health food trends?
In this brief article, we’ll outline the three main reasons why you should join the happy-go-lucky army of acai enthusiasts who regularly visit our acai bowl restaurant in Clearwater Beach.
1. The Perfect Introduction to a Healthy Diet
The lifespan of a particular food trend generally says a lot about whether or not it’s actually healthy. Acai berries have managed to stay in the public spotlight for well over a decade despite battles with hyperbole, unrealistic expectations, and multi-level marketing schemes.
Let’s get straight to the point — acai berries are unquestionably a superfood and more than deserving of the nickname “purple gold;” however, they don’t possess magical properties and they aren’t a panacea. That said, they are packed with beneficial nutrients and antioxidants that make them a perfect complement to a healthy diet. More importantly, their delectable flavor gives them the uncanny ability to convert people from fried, fatty snacks to fresh, healthy treats. At Kaia Bowls, our acai bowls contain a cornucopia of freshly sliced fruits and other accompaniments that are sure to satisfy even the pickiest palate.
2. Freshly Prepared, Minimally Processed
Recently, fast food chains have been reinventing their image by boasting about their fresh, never frozen products, but we aren’t falling for these claims. Freshly prepared foods should be prepared in plain sight using minimally processed ingredients, not those sourced from who knows where. When your diet consists of fresh food with no fillers, you minimize your intake of questionable additives like high-fructose corn syrup, artificial food coloring, and glyphosate. We proudly serve acai bowls that contain fresh fruit and wholesome toppings like coconut flakes, hemp seeds, raw cacao nibs, honey, almonds, chia seeds, and more.
3. Research is Starting to Validate Presumptive Claims
As we mentioned above, the initial hype surrounding acai was largely built on unfounded claims, but researchers are beginning to make headway in proving some of these claims true. Studies over the last decade indicate that acai may improve heart health, fight cancer, improve brain function, promote healthy skin, boost gut health, and even support weight loss. Acai enthusiasts happily support these claims, as they are already experiencing the health benefits of acai firsthand.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute health advice and is not intended to be a substitute for professional dietary counsel.