by Denise Richards
(Los Angeles, California, USA)
The acai berry is one of the current hot trends in the health industry and there is so much information around on it that it would be difficult not to notice. As the acai berry is a fruit though, there are also acai recipes as well.
There are so many delicious recipes for smoothies, syrups, ice cream toppings, desserts and other foods that it is easy to incorporate it into your daily diet. However, before taking acai recipes and trying them at home, you might want to consider the following helpful hints:
* If using the juice form of the berry for acai recipes then you will need to double check the label of the juice before adding it to smoothies or any other recipe for that matter.
This is because some companies add extra ingredients that are cheaper to maximise profits. Guarana is one of the main ones but contains caffeine and so may not have the desired taste or effect. Be sure to read the ingredients label and you will find out everything you need to know.
* Never heat up acai berries for acai recipes because they lose their nutritional value if you do that. The colder you keep them the more beneficial they will be for your health.
This is largely because the anthocyanins in the juice break down quick and easily. Maintaining cool temperatures is essential as a result. Acai recipes can go seriously wrong if you deviate from this.
* Instead of using juice if you do plan on heating the berries for acai recipes, you might want to use the pulp of the fruits instead because that limits the degradation instead of encouraging it. Frozen pulp works just as well as fresh pulp providing that it has been thawed.
* Finally, avoid over treating the juice and pulp for acai recipes as it can alter the taste and the nutritional content.
You will notice this in juices that have been diluted as in point one but can also taste it in the pulp. Only add it to a recipe at the last possible moment and you will notice a difference.
If you adhere to all of the above then acai recipes will always be delicious and wholly nutritious. The hints and tips are not exactly well known as yet but can really help you to benefit in terms of taste and effect so make the most of them and pass them on!