Acai berry bowls are a popular item in North America. They have become a trend for the breakfast crowd. The berries are from Brazil. That means that the base of this dish is exported.
The bowls have a variety of toppings. They can be fruit, coconut, chocolate, nuts, peanut butter, or oatmeal. A lot of people wonder if the bowls are healthy.
The Jamba Juice power size Acai Super Antioxidant has 560 calories and 92 grams of sugar. This makes the dish quite unhealthy if one thinks about it. That is a high concentration of sugar. Luckily though, the fructose from the fruit is digested a little more slowly that refined sugar. That means that some of those sugars are healthier than others.
On the website Stack- Blue Star Sports, they discuss whether these bowls are healthy or not (http://www.stack.com/a/are-acai-bowls-actually-healthy). The article “Are Acai Bowls Actually Healthy?” updated on January 31, 2017, sites that according to the Mayo Clinic, acai bowls are lower in sugar than other berries. So, in comparison to a strawberry bowl, if such a trend were to exist, the acai bowl would actually be healthier potentially. This, of course, does not account for the amount of sugars added to the bowl to make it palatable.
The National Institutes of Health though makes it clear that there is not a lot of scientific research done on the benefits of these berries. It is safe to assume then that you shouldn’t go around believing the claims of restaurants serving these bowls.
Fruit is a delicious treat that is part of a healthy lifestyle. However, going to a fast food place for a bowl of acai might not be the best plan. These joints notoriously add sugar to make them palatable. So eat a bowl instead of cereal, but recognize that this might just be a regular breakfast, not a super healthy substitute.