has been recently touted by celebrities such as Oprah and Brad Pitt, many scam artists are now trying to capitalize on its popularity with inauthentic products and money-making schemes. On January 5, 2009, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) issued a consumer warning about Acai companies. According to the BBB, these companies are using misleading sales and marketing practices to get consumers to subscribe to a monthly supplement.
Avoid these scams and choose trusted brand to get the full benefits of the superfood.
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According to CNN, the Center for Science in the Public Interest is investigating some companies selling “acai” products for dishonest practices. Many “free” trial offers ask for credit card information to pay shipping and handling charges, usually under 5 dollars. However, the fine print in the “Terms of Service” explains that you are also subscribing to a monthly shipment of acai for $60-90 a month, and that you eventually will be billed for your free trial if you don’t cancel within a specified amount of time.
In addition, many products currently on the market contain very little of the berry’s antioxidants because the berries are dried with high heat. There are three methods for drying acai. Spray drying and drum drying involve extremely high temperatures that damage the berry.
Freeze drying is by far the best method for drying acai, and here’s why:
- Spray Drying. The berries are mixed with another substance, such as maltodextrin, to smooth it out, and then superheated to vaporize the mixture and create a solid dried form. Many nutrients are lost in the heating process, and the final product is 40% malodextrin.
- Drum Drying. Acai is turned into a thin layer of film and placed on a heated drum and exposed to heat. The mixture solidifies and is then scraped off the drum and collected. This process occurs at even higher tempatures than spray drying.
- Freeze Drying. Berries are placed in a chamber and frozen. This dehydrates them. After a few days, a small amount of heat is allowed in the chamber. The frozen berries change straight to gas. This method takes the longest time and is the most expensive, but preserves the nutritional benefits of the acai berry.
Avoiding scams and inferior products means garnering the full benefits of this amazing berry.
A good source of acai is Perricone MD’s Super Berry Powder with Acai. Not only does it contain acai, but also blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, and cranberry, which are all high in antioxidants. This supplement will boost energy and fight the causes of aging, while strengthening your immune system.
According to the Mayo Clinic, acai berries are a good source of antioxidants, fiber and heart-healthy fats. The superfood is packed with powerful antioxidants, vital nutrients, minerals, and essential amino and fatty acids.
Antioxidants fight premature signs of aging, enhance the immune system and aid in preventing health problems such as heart disease and cancer.
37.5% of acai pulp is healthy fats, such as heart-healthy omega fatty acids which reduce the signs of aging. Omega-3, 6, and 9 aid in developing cell structures and fight cardiovascular disease. Acai also has amino acids that are very important in biochemical processes, especially metabolism.
NV Perricone suggests mixing his acai supplement with water once a day.