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Persimmon and Açai Berry Nutritional Benefits

Persimmon Diospyros kaki

Japanese persimmons are a delicious fruit that ripens from a green tomato shape into an orange or red ripe fruit. They may be eaten raw and are an excellent source of provitamin A and a good source of fiber. These fruit are considered a delicacy in Asia where they probably originated from China and Japan. They form the third most important fruit crop in Japan and are also grown in China, Korea, Hawaii and California. Italy is the main producer in Europe.

Source: Food & Nutrition Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition, CRC Press 1994

Nutritional Value:
Serving Size: 1 medium, raw

  • 118 calories
  • 1 gram protein
  • 0.3 grams fat
  • 0.1 grams sugar

Excellent source of Vitamin A and Potassium

Açai Euterpe oleracea

Açai berries are delicious, antioxidant rich tropical fruit of a palm tree that is native to South America. These trees grow along the Amazon River Açai comes in two main varieties Açai preto which is dark purple and acai branco which is olive green. Açai preto is the berry that has been commercially available in the United States for the past few years and has the most clinical research to date. In vitro extracts of Açai berries have been shown to have anticarcinogenic as well as anti-inflammatory properties. They also have antioxidant anthocyanins.

Source: J Agric Food Chem, 2008, 56.7796-7802

Nutritional Value:
Serving Size: 100 grams of unsweetened Açai berry juice

  • 71 calories
  • 1 gram protein
  • 5 grams fat (including omega-3 fatty acids)
  • 2 grams sugar

Excellent source of Vitamins A, E and B6

Açai Juice Recipe

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup Açai juice
  • ¾ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup pineapple juice
  • Juice of 1 fresh lime
  • 1 banana
  • 3 ice cubes

Instructions:

  • Place ice cubes in a blender and crush.
  • Add Açai, blueberries, pineapple juice, lime juice and banana and blend further.
  • Serve immediately with a garnish of fresh mint or coconut flakes.

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