We’re all familiar with common fruits such as apples, oranges, and bananas, which are delicious and nutritious.
Fortunately, the flavors and nutrition that nature offers us are boundless and there are always new tastes to discover.
In this post, we’re going to highlight some specifically impressive berries and fruits that come from Brazil, but are relatively unknown here in North America.
Almost makes you wonder – are the Amazon forest and its surrounding areas hiding any other nutritional gems?
Acai berries have gained the spotlight as a super fruit and for good reason. These tasty berries, which are native to Brazil, are among the top fruits in antioxidant content.
A 2016 study revealed that acai protects from oxidative stress and slows down the development of age-related markers. In a study with flies, adding freeze-dried acai berries to the diet extended lifespan, even when started shortly before they were expected to die.
Athletes who consumed an acai drink were able to exercise longer during high-intensity exercise. They also had less exercise-induced metabolic stress and the exercise felt easier. A study involving hurdlers had a reduction in markers of muscle damage after six weeks of acai supplementation.
Improvements in blood sugar, insulin, and cholesterol were shown in adults who took acai pulp twice daily for a month. This suggests acai also has a protective effect against metabolic disease.
Not surprisingly, Brazil is home to a number of other healthy fruits that have yet to gain popularity. Here are some of them:
Other fruits from the Amazon region include the palm fruits buriti, inajá, pupunha, and tucumã. These fruits also contain polyphenols that provide significant antioxidant protection.
It may be challenging to locate some of these fruits outside of South America. But now that you’ve heard of them, you can keep an eye out for these fruits and nutrients both in your local grocery store and when you’re supplement shopping.