What’s purple, cold and a regular feature on the menu of “most” health food cafes? You guessed it... Acai (ah-sah-ee) Berry Smoothie Bowl!

So what is it that has sent the world crazy, for this reddish blue intermediary? There’s no argument it’s tasty and rather soothing on a hot summers day. But is it actually good for you?

Eaten in their natural form, Acai Berries may have some health benefits. However, most Acai bowls are made using a frozen blend of ingredients, not just Acai.

This blend is known as the ENERGY SMOOTHIE PACK and contains:

           - Organic Acai Berries 

           - Cane juice; and 

           - Guarana extract  

Let’s take a closer look at these ingredients!

The good, the not so good and the potentially ugly... 

THE GOOD - Acai berry: native to Central and South America; widely touted as a superfood; rich in antioxidants which help protect against free radicals; generally safe, as long as you’re not allergic to it or taking medications where large amounts may affect certain conditions.

CAUTION: Take care when consuming products combining Acai, with caffeine containing ingredients. 

THE NOT SO GOOD - Cane juice: a simple sugar in liquid or evaporated form; quickly metabolised and absorbed into the bloodstream; impacts blood glucose levels; triggers insulin release.

CAUTION:    The only difference between common white sugar and cane juice, is the processing. 

THE POTENTIALLY UGLY - Guarana: South American fruit; seeds similar in size to a coffee bean; contains more than twice as much caffeine; common stimulant ingredient in most energy drinks; known to cause increased heart rate and blood pressure; may cause restlessness and insomnia.

 CAUTION: There are also growing concerns about the side-effects of caffeine on the developing nervous system of young children and adolescence, including inhibiting metabolic function, increased adrenaline and anxiety, and stimulating fight or flight response. If you are caffeine sensitive, it is highly likely you will experience similar effects from taking Guarana. 

So there you have it, the low-down on your typical Acai Berry Bowl. But there is still one very important consideration before you dive into your next icy-cold blend of anything. And that is, your overall digestive health!

Eating or drinking anything excessively cold is like throwing a bucket of water over an open flame. It immediately distinguishes the fire in your belly, making it harder to digest your food. Unless your digestive system is functioning at optimum capacity, it’s likely you’re putting a lot of stress on your body each time you eat an icy-cold treat.

Choose instead, a nourishing, soul warming meal the next time you’re feeling peckish... The Grazery menu is bursting with nutrient rich wintery soup and bone broth and mouth-watering, fresh daily, belly warming foods. Remember, you are not only what you eat, you are what you digest. And a strong digestion plays a vital role in living a healthy life.

Written for "The Grazery" 
by Jules McKie
Holistic Health & Nutrition Coach, Writer & Whole-food Alchemist
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