Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Are Acai Berries Safe?

Wednesday, 21 July 2010 10:20 AM

Question: Are acai berries safe?

Dr. Hibberd's Answer:

The acai berry is generally safe to consume. It has antioxidant properties, but the amount is less than found in pomegranate juice, and it contains plant-derived fats and fatty acids that degrade rapidly with sunlight and prolonged storage. It also has polyphenols that are believed to be beneficial, yet they are not clearly superior to less expensive fruits and vegetables that are more commonly available.

In my opinion, the health claims made for this product have not been adequately substantiated. Why waste your money? Buy fresh melon, cantaloupe, blueberries, strawberries, apples, pomegranates, and oranges for equivalent nutrition and health benefits at a fraction of the price.

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