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When it comes to food, nature provides a wealth of delicious choices. But each one also supplies unique health benefits. Leading nutritionist David Grotto reveals a wealth of power foods, from apples to yogurt, and explains why
• A handful of cherries before bed can help you sleep better
• Hot peppers may fight skin cancer
• Potatoes may reduce the risk of stroke
• Grape juice may be as heart-healthy as red wine
• Honey can help wounds heal faster
Each entry features a history of a food's origin, a list of therapeutic benefits, information on scientific research, tips for use and preparation, and an appetizing recipe from a leading chef or nutritionist. Prepare to awaken your taste buds, lose weight, and let the healing begin!
"For the millions of Americans tired of hearing about "what not to eat," this book is a refreshing and enlightening guide to improving your health by adding delicious foods to your diet. Dave's simple explanations for why these foods are potential "life savers" makes the book enjoyable to read, and the recipes bring the science to life on your plate." -Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, Nutrition Director, Prevention Magazine
Açaí (Euterpe oleracea)
Did you know . . . the antioxidant capacity or "ORAC" value for a four-ounce portion of Açaí is 6576? That is more than blueberries, strawberries, and red wine combined!
What's the Story?
Açaí (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berries are produced by a palm tree grown in the floodplain areas of the Amazon River in Brazil. It has a unique taste--like wildberries with a hint of slightly bitter chocolate --yum! The berry, about the same size as a blueberry, is ninety-five percent seed. The seeds are discarded, leaving the skin alone for açaí products.
A Serving of Food Lore . . .
In the Amazon, açaí palms cover an area equivalent to half the size of Switzerland. Açaí is a primary food staple of Amazon River communities. It is served as a beverage and is a main part of the meal, much in the same way as bread or rice in other cultures. In the city of Belém in Brazil, more of the fruit is drunk than milk--an estimated 200,000 liters of açaí juice is consumed daily among a population of 1.3 million.
Where Is Açaí Grown?
Açaí is unique to the Amazon rainforests of Brazil and commercial production of the berry is found mainly near the city of Belém.
Why Should I Eat Açaí?
Surprisingly for a fruit, the vast majority of the calories come from fat: A four-ounce serving of pure açaí contains about 100 calories and six grams of fat. However, it is rich in anti-inflammatory omega-9 fats and also contains little sugar. Açaí contains essential fatty acids, iron, calcium, fiber, vitamin A, and other antioxidants.
Scientists have discovered that açaí is rich in anthocyanins, a special group of plant chemicals believed to have many health benefits. In fact, açaí contains ten times more anthocyanins than found in an equal serving of red wine. Anthocyanins in açaí make up only about ten percent of the total antioxidants contained within this amazing little berry.
Açaí also contains phytosterols, a plant component known to reduce cholesterol, treat symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (swollen prostate), and help protect the immune system from physical stress.
Sexual performance: Açaí combined with guarana syrup is a popular drink in Brazil. One of the reported benefits from drinking the concoction is improved sexual performance.
Beauty: Dr. Nicholas Perricone mentions in his anti-aging books that açaí has beautifying properties.
Throw Me a Lifesaver!
Cancer: Utilizing a test tube study, University of Florida researchers found powerful antioxidant compounds in açaí that greatly reduced cell proliferation and enhanced apoptosis (programmed cell death) in human leukemia cells.
Tips on Using Açaí
Selection and Storage:
• Açaí comes in juice, frozen pulp, bottled smoothies, and powder forms that are all readily available at most health food stores and grocery markets. Due to their highly perishable nature, fresh açaí berries are only available in Brazil.
• Look for flash-pasteurized açaí products...
|Title:||101 Foods That Could Save Your Life||Publisher:||Random House, Inc.|
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