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Acai Superfood Diet: What You Need to Know

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The Acai Superfood Diet: Its Pros and Cons

A well-balanced, nutritious diet full of lean meats, dark green leafy vegetables, fresh fruits and slow-burning carbohydrates in addition to daily exercise is the key to weight loss. Although you're unlikely to find the quick-spoiling berry in your local grocery store (you may run into it at a farmers market), adding acai to your diet is easy. There are the berries, which are available as juice or pulp to be added to smoothies and other foods. There is also a powder, which could be added to baked goods, shakes or smoothies. In 2008 alone, consumers bought nearly $15 million worth of acai products, from foods to skin care products, but not all acai products are created equal [source: Price]. Acai ice cream? Keep that in moderation. Just because a product contains acai doesn't transform it from a fatty, sugary food into a healthy snack -- always remember to read labels and avoid products with added sugar and products that are high in calories. And what about supplements? Until they're regulated, it's best to skip supplements (and whatever other ingredients may be added to them) and add the berry itself to your diet.

It's important to understand that the Acai Superfood Diet should not be used as a meal plan or a weight-loss strategy. The acai berry can be a healthy part of a nutritional diet, just like other antioxidant-rich foods like dark chocolate (at least 60 percent cocoa content), blueberries, oranges and tomatoes, but it hasn't been proven to promote weight loss or cure what ails you.

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