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Açaí berries taste a little bit like chocolate, grow on palm trees in the Amazon, and supply disease-fighting antioxidants and heart-healthy fats. Oh, and they’re low in sugar, too.

The Açai Security Squad

They’re loaded with anthocyanins, a red/purple/blue pigment with antioxidant properties that’s also found in red wine. Antioxidants are like a security team that protects cells from damage: the kind of damage that can cause cancer, memory loss, and heart disease.

Berry Power

The Iowa Women’s Health Study, which followed nearly 35,000 women for 16 years, found that those who consumed anthocyanin-rich fruits just once per week had a significantly lower risk of death from heart disease.

Açaí berries also supply heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which don’t typically come from berries. These unsaturated fats help improve cholesterol levels and lower your risk of heart disease.

By the way, in case you’re curious, it’s pronounced ah-sigh-ee. (But we all knew that, right?)

Check out Health Warrior Açaí Berry Chia Bars for an açaí supersnack.