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Acai Bowls: Healthy, Ascetically Pleasing, and Delicious By Sydney scales and catie martin

Looking for something tasty and satisfying—yet healthy? Something so aesthetically pleasing that you won’t even want to eat it. Something that's trending so fast that soon it will be on every street corner. Well, it’s here: acai bowls.

Acai bowls are similar to smoothies but have a denser texture, are served in a bowl, and are covered in a variety of different toppings. The main component of the acai bowl is the acai berry. These berries are found in Central and South America, specifically in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil, where the dish originated. The berries are blended or mashed until their texture is suitable and then they are scooped into a bowl as the main base. The acai is covered in many different toppings such as granola, fruit, seeds, Nutella, peanut butter, or honey and then served.

Acai bowls continue to gain popularity, especially as their health benefits become more widely known. According to healthline.com, acai bowls are not only nutrient dense but also contain large amounts of antioxidants. Antioxidants play an important role in protecting the body’s cells from damaging molecules known as free radicals. Furthermore, in a study published by the US National Library of Medicine, acai improved the cholesterol levels in ten overweight adults. Another test done by the University of Florida also found that acai berries’ extract applied directly to leukemia cells killed up to 86% of them.

More everyday health benefits of acai include their ability to boost one’s immune system though their phytochemicals, which strengthen cells. They are also a good source of energy. According to foodmatter.com, acai reduces fatigue, relieves exhaustion, and improves concentration. Finally acai is proven to have amazing skin benefits. The high levels of vitamin C and iron in the berry, increase regeneration processes, ultimately reducing wrinkles, blemishes, and age spots, and keeping your skin looking healthy and young.

Featured here is an acai bowl from Bowl Boyz in Norwood, MA. (Photo by Sydney Scales)

Many students at Walpole High School like to get these bowls because “they are a healthy alternative to a treat,” said Junior Mei Totten. “It makes me feel good after eating it. I feel like I am having a satisfying snack without all of the guilt.” Totten who is a frequent visitor of the company Bowl Bowz, orders a bowl about 3 times a month.

In the past few months many cafes have incorporated acai bowls into their menus and some stores even opened to specifically to sell these bowls. Juice on Main in Medfield, Fit Fuel Cafe in Canton, and Cafe Fresh and Orange Leaf in Norwood are all small cafes that have begun selling acai bowls at their stores. One of the most popular locations to purchase these bowls is at Bowl Boyz on Dean Street in Norwood. Bowl Boyz is a small trailer where two young men started a company to specifically sell acai bowls. Most of these companies sell their bowls from around $8-$12.

“It makes me feel good after eating it. I feel like I am having a satisfying snack without all of the guilt.” - Junior Mei Totten

The rise in popularity of these bowls can also be attributed to social media. The aesthetically pleasing appearance of these bowls leads people to post pictures of their bowls on social media, ultimately increasing popularity among the bowls. Some companies even use social media as their main platform for advertising. For example, Bowl Boyz uses the site Instagram to interact with their customers, post pictures of their bowls, and communicate with customers through comments.

Many customers love the use of social media in sharing pictures of their favorite bowls. In some cases this advertising helps companies to gain customers. “They are all over social media, especially with the bowl boys account always posting trending picture that really hype up the whole product,” said Junior Abby Duffy. Like many others, Duffy has become hooked on this new trend.

Acai Bowls (Photos by Sydney Scales)

Whether its a hot summer day or a cold, snowy afternoon, acai bowls are perfect for any occasion. Their amazing health benefits, easy access, and low price make them the ideal snack or meal for anyone!

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