Acai Berry vs. Blueberry: The Full Breakdown of These Powerful Berries
Acai berries and blueberries: known superfoods. There’s a lot of talk about what makes these two berries so good for us, but not much about how they are different. That’s why we’ve dug into the makeup of each unique berry to find out exactly what the differences are.
The Amazing Acai Berry
The acai (ah-sigh-ee) berry has been a more recent trend, but it’s rapidly growing in popularity. Grown in Central and South America on an acai palm tree, the tasty, purple fruits are well-loved by surfers and native Amazonians alike. The yellow flesh is covered in purple skin, all surrounding a large seed.
While few official scientific studies have been done to confirm the believed benefits of acai berries, they are largely believed to promote weight loss, delay visible signs of aging, and provide many more health benefits.
Acai Berry Nutrition
If you are chasing that elusive fountain of youth, acai berries may lead you in the right direction.
One contributing factor to the acai berry’s superfood ranking is its neutralizing properties, which may help slow down the effects of free radicals in the body. If free radicals are not neutralized, damage to cells can occur, leading to more problems down the line.
In a little less than one cup, or 100 grams, of acai fruit, there are only 60 calories and five grams of fat. This small serving provides three grams of much-needed fiber and two grams of protein.
The Acai Berry’s Taste
Acai berries are often described as rich and earthy. Many people describe their flavor as a cross between raspberry and blackberry mixed with a morsel of chocolate. As a highly acidic fruit, the acai berry pairs well with sweeter fruits and honey.
Just take our Acai Berry hard kombucha. This blend combines acai and blueberries, honey, green tea, and Jun Kombucha for a sweet yet refreshing concoction. With all the satisfaction of a glass of red wine but the freshness of kombucha, this one is a treat for the taste buds.
The Beloved Blueberry
The widely loved blueberry is another superfood. Unlike acai berries, which grow mainly in South America, blueberries can grow virtually anywhere.
In the United States, blueberry crops span from coast to coast, including California, Washington, and Oregon, and stretching to Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. Plus, the demand for more blueberries continues to rise as more people become aware of their health and nutritional benefits.
Often referred to as the king of antioxidants, blueberries come with some impressive advantages. When studied for antioxidant properties, blueberries rank as one of the most beneficial foods to include in our diets.
Thought to improve cognitive function and decrease signs of aging, blueberries also provide high levels of vitamins and minerals. A one-cup serving of blueberry contains 3.6 grams of fiber, 85 calories, and 24% of the daily recommendation for vitamin C.
The Taste of Blueberries
Blueberries are sweet, full of juice, and just the slightest bit tart. Some people compare the taste of blueberries to a mixture of green and red grapes with a juicy pop as you bite into one. Thanks to their versatile flavor, blueberries pair well with other berries, lemon, ginger, honey, mango, mint, nutmeg — and much, much more.
The Bottom Berry Line
Whether you prefer the taste of blueberry or acai, both provide considerable benefits—and a bright, delicious flavor.
We personally are partial to the acai berry, thanks to its unique taste, which is why we included it in our booch. If the promise of refreshing flavor wasn’t enough to tempt you, this blend is made with all-natural, organic fruit juice, responsibly sourced organic honey, green tea, and Jun kombucha.