Nutritional information on the berries themselves is limited, but in general, acai bowls contain antioxidants, fiber, healthy fats, and other essential nutrients.
Gourmets around the world tout acai bowls as a delicious and nutritious favourite. But are these beautiful bowls of joy actually good for you?
Whether you’ve been a lifelong acai bowl lover or just can’t wait to try that new juice bar that’s opened in your neighborhood — pst your rent is about to go up — we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about acai bowl nutrition.
The simple answer is… a little? Acai berries have many health benefits thanks to their high in antioxidants. Think about antioxidants like raccoons scavenging free radicals from cells in your body to reduce your risk of diseases like heart disease and cancer.
- healthy fats
They’re also good sources of fiber, so they can keep you full longer and make your bowel movements more regular. Oh, and a Animal study 2021 have shown that acai berries can have a positive effect on your blood pressure. But we need more research to be sure.
So overall, they definitely deserve their superfood status. The wrong side? Acai bowls are sugar bombs. Eating one every day can raise your blood sugar or lead to weight gain. They’re also not great if you’re on a low carb diet like keto.
A 6 ounce serving possesses:
- calories: 211 calories
- Protein: 2.99 grams (g)
- Fat: 6g
- Crabs: 35g
- Sugar: 19 grams
- Fiber: 6.97g
Keep in mind that this nutritional information is for a single serving. Many store-bought bowls come in much larger portions that can contain 600 calories or more. They can also reach very high sugar levels, depending on the toppings.
The star ingredient in acai bowls is (surprise!) acai berries. These grape-like berries grow on the acai palm, native to the rainforests of Brazil. You can blend the berries into a sherbet-like consistency for the base of an acai bowl.
Once you’ve built the base, you can add a wide range of your favorite toppings. Some popular options include fresh fruit, peanut butter, chocolate chips, sweetened coconut flakes, honey, and other things you’ll find at a 4-year-old’s birthday party.
The final AF product is refreshing, creamy and (usually) sweet.
It’s a good idea to avoid acai berries – or any other plant in the Arecaceae family – if you think you may be allergic. They can trigger irritation of the colon and intestinal tract, causing lumpy diarrhea and other digestive issues. So it’s probably not the best food for a bike ride on a first date if you’ve never tried them before. (Trust us.)
PS Right now there are not enough to research to show that eating acai bowls on the diet is healthy if you are pregnant, nursing, or a child, so consult your healthcare practitioner before adding them to your diet.
Acai bowls can be quite expensive. Also, portion management can be difficult when ordering in a hurry or in a restaurant. Also, licking the inside of the bowl hits differently when you don’t have a bunch of judged strangers staring at you.
Here’s how to make an epic acai bowl at home.
- 2 packets of unsweetened frozen acai
- 2 small frozen bananas
- A little water or juice
- Break up the frozen acai.
- Add acai, frozen bananas and water to a blender.
- Blend until it has a thick, creamy consistency.
- Serve in a bowl.
- Top with your favorite patches
- Boom. That’s it!
There are plenty of good reasons to hit the town for acai bowls. They are loaded with antioxidants and are decent sources of fiber. However, you might want to go easy on the toppings and portion sizes. The average store-bought acai bowl has 600 calories or more, plus a ton of sugar and carbs.