Sydney, Australia (PRWEB) March 7, 2009
The Acai berry diet is not some "magic key" to weight loss as some marketing hype might lead you to believe, however combined with proper diet and exercise the acai berry can be an excellent food replacement, supplement, and weight loss aid. Brand new to the Australian market is RioLife Pure Dried acai berry powder in 150g jars, a product with no hidden catches. Click here for more information.
The natural combination in acai berries of antioxidants, dietary fibre, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, amino acids, phytosterols, vitamins and minerals work together to help the function better, process food easier, and burn fat more efficiently. Let's break down how these parts of the Acai berry can aid people in reaching their perfect weight.
Boost metabolism - If breakfast is skipped, metabolism slows down to conserve the little energy left from the overnight fast, which means that the body will want to store anything consumed later in the day. Research shows that by eating a balanced and complete breakfast metabolism can be kick-started, and the likelihood of making unhealthy meal choices later in the day are reduced. It will also provide energy to help the mind and body function.
Gut healthy fibre to aid digestion and suppress appetite - A high fibre diet (approximately 30-40g per day) reduces risk of chronic disease. It is also a great way to help feel full and lose weight. Fibre acts like a sponge and soaks up sugar in foods consumed, and releases it slowly helping control blood sugar levels. It also reduces cholesterol absorption and excretion, therefore reducing blood cholesterol and heart risk. This sponge effect is satiating, increasing the sensation of being full. This results in less snacking, and a lower chance of unhealthy meal choices.
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Antioxidants that fight free radicals and oxidative damage - There is consistent evidence in research that diets rich in fruit, vegetables and other plant foods are associated with lower rates of obesity and damage from free radicals. This association is partly given to the high level of antioxidants in fruits and vegetables, which protect against chronic disease by decreasing free radical oxidative damage. Free radicals are a common by-product of normal metabolism and stresses to the body such as pollution, exposure to the sun, exercise, smoking and poor diet. Açaí is rich in anthocyanins, a type of phytosterol, giving it the characteristic deep purple colour. The food industry is now labeling antioxidants in food with ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). Data from the US Department of Agriculture suggests a serving of fresh fruit and vegetables has 850-2,500 ORAC units. One 5g serving of Pure Dried Açaí will provide you with around 2,670 ORAC units!
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Heart friendly nutrients - An abundance of antioxidants in fruits and vegetables protect LDL (bad cholesterol) from oxidizing, which is what forms plaque in arteries and hence artery hardening or atherosclerosis. The Açaí berry is naturally cholesterol free, low in saturated fats, and high in the unsaturated fats omega-6 and omega-9 which reduce LDL-cholesterol (bad cholesterol) levels. The Açaí berry is also richer in monounsaturated fats than polyunsaturated fats, which maintain the good HDL-cholesterol levels. A synergy of monounsaturated (healthy) fats, dietary fibre and antioxidants help the cardiovascular system and digestive tract.
Increased energy and stamina - Carbohydrates, when digested, release sugar into our blood. The measure of the extent of the sugar rise is called the Glycemic Index (GI). The lower the GI, the slower the food is digested and absorbed, producing a gradual rise in blood sugar levels. RioLife Açaí pulp has a glycemic load (GL) of 0.5. GL gives a fuller picture than GI alone, since it considers the amount of carbohydrate consumed. A GL of 10 or less is considered low, therefore helping control blood sugar levels and lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Dietary fibre acts like a sponge and helps to slow down digestion, which may help prevent weight gain and therefore risk of obesity. Unlike most juices, most of Açaí's kilo joules (energy) come not from sugar, but from the good unsaturated omega-6 and omega-9 fats.
Although it's not the miracle weight loss solution that some claim, the Açaí berry contains ingredients that have been medically and scientifically proven to aid in weight loss and general nutrition.
Jeremy Lidde, Managing Director
RioLife Pty Ltd
+61 2 9818 5488