Healthy food guide – why you should include (and enjoy) Acai berry.

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Healthy food guide – pick your options

Healthy food guides, fortunately, nowadays are freely available on the Internet. You have several options to adopt and follow, according to your eating preferences and habits. 

There are healthy eating pyramids, from reliable sources, available to help guide you towards a healthy diet. Different countries have created healthy food guides (https://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eating/blogs/what-food-pyramids-around-world), but let’s stick with the Australian version: 

Healthy Eating Pyramid - Source: Nutrition Australia

Healthy Eating Pyramid Infographic
Source: Nutrition Australia (www.nutritionaustralia.org)

Healthy food guide: being specific

Your meal should contain around 50% to 70% of fruit, vegetables and legumes (excluding potatoes due to their negative impact on the level of blood sugar). This will give your body all the nutrients, carbohydrates, and fibre it needs. The consumption of grains should always focus on whole grains and their varieties, amounting for 20% to 30% of your meal.

Milk, yogurt and their varieties + protein food groups (the middle layer of the Healthy Eating Pyramid) should comprehend maximum of 20% of your daily meals. Always pick lean and fat free options.  

Acai berry as an option?

Yes. If you haven’t heard or lack information about Acai berry, it is a South American fruit, from local Acai palms, containing vitamins A and C, antioxidants, anthocyanins, omega 3, 6, and 9, essential fatty acids (EFA) and fibre. Benefits include: neutralizing free radicals and the reduction of risks associated to heart disease, neurological disorders, types of cancers, osteoporosis, depression, skin problems, depression, anxiety and neurodegenerative disorders. 

Acai berry is an excellent addition to your healthy diet menu.  It can be prepared as a lunch/snack/desert, and ice-cream look alike or as a substitute to salt tasting carbohydrates in your meal. In some Brazilian’s states, is consumed alongside with fish but the sweet version is the famous one.

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