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.
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.
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