Some fruits that are common in other parts of the world are quickly becoming the apple of many Americans’ eyes.
For instance, one of the hottest new fruit discoveries is acai, pronounced AH-sci-EE. It’s the deep purple fruit of a palm tree that people in Brazil have been eating for centuries. The ABC news program “Good Morning America” included acai juice on its list, “Then vs. Now: The Next Big Things for 2006.”
Acai has an exotic taste some describe as a mix between blueberries and red grapes. While whole acai berries can not be purchased in the United States because they are too fragile for shipping, their juice is available nationwide.
The wild acai berry and its juice have a high concentration of antioxidants that help keep our bodies healthy. Antioxidants are substances found in plants that protect us by neutralizing free radicals, which can damage the body and lead to poor health.
Our bodies naturally produce free radicals, but environmental factors such as cigarette smoke, air pollution and stress can increase the body’s free radical count even further. These highly...