Can you eat açai when pregnant?

In this brief guide, we will answer the question: “Can you eat açai when pregnant?” We will also debate the origins of açai, why açai became so popular, the benefits or harm caused by the ingestion of that kind of food during pregnancy and different ways to eat açai. 

Can you eat açai when pregnant?

Yes, you can eat açai when pregnant. It’s one of the healthiest fruits you can eat during pregnancy. You can consume açai in different ways and this berry has a lot of benefits for your health and well being. It is native from south and central America rainforests and it has become popular for different reasons. 

Why did açaí become so popular?

Açai became popular because of its taste, low price and variety. In the countries where açai is considered a native fruit, the consumption as a food has happened since its discovery. However, it wasn’t until the 2010s that açai was eaten all over the world. Açai is most easily found in smoothies or ice creams and you can eat it from a bowl. 

Açai is considered a grapefruit and a berry, such as blueberry and blackberry. It can be found on a specific palm tree from the botanic family Arecaceae, which produces purple berries for 5-6 months per year. The word “açai” means “crying fruit” in Brazilian Tupi because we can extract a lot of juice from the berries. 

What are the health benefits of eating açai when pregnant?

The health benefits of eating açai when pregnant are many. It has high levels of antioxidants, helping your body to decrease reagent oxygen species (ROS), which can cause stress, cancer and premature skin aging. In that way, by eating açai while pregnant, you’ll be able to avoid skin spots and acne caused by pregnancy hormones while having a healthy body. 

More specifically, the antioxidant anthocyanin is present, also decreasing your cholesterol levels and regulating your blood circulation and relaxing blood vessels. Açai is often used before exercising, because of its high calories and proteins, so it is a source of energy. As pregnant women tend to be sleepy and tired, that can be a useful alternative.

Açai has a high level of fiber in the peel and, no matter the way it’s consumed, the fibers are also eaten. As pregnant women can suffer from digestive issues, such as constipation and gas, açai is demonstrated to be an awesome and healthy alternative, since the more fibers you insert in your diet, the healthiest your digestive system.

It is known that pregnant women have a hard time in the absorption of food nutrients, as it’s eating for her and the baby. If you are worried about that, eating açai may help you, since it is a source of different essential vitamins, like vitamin A, vitamin B (B1, B2 and B3), vitamin C and vitamin E. 

Is there harm to eating açai when pregnant?

Yes, there are risks of eating activated açai when pregnant. As with any raw food, you must take care about eating high quality açai or prefer to ingest frozen açai with ice cream, smoothies and other fruits rather than fresh açai, especially if you are traveling or live in South America.

In the process of harvest and transport, açai can offer danger, especially to pregnant women, if the collector or chef don’t pay enough attention to the berries. That happens because açai can be contaminated with a common south american mosquito: the kissing bug, which can cause the Chagas disease as it contains the parasite Trypanossoma cruzi.  

Even if you like eating açai and it can be very healthy while you’re pregnant, be aware that you must not eat açai excessively, since it contains high levels of tannin in the peel, which in high doses can cause miscarrige by increasing uterus contractions. The excess of açai can also lead you to be overweight during pregnancy, since it has a large amount of calories.

The peel substances of açai can also lead to gastrointestinal issues, such as cramps and general abdominal pain. In difficult cases it can even cause diarrhea, which is troubling for pregnancy as can cause dehydration.

What are the different ways to eat açai?

There are many different ways to eat açai. It is most commonly paired in bowls with other fruits such as bananas, strawberries and blueberries. But you can also eat açai in ice cream or drink, since the berries can be crushed and be put in any kind of sweet food or drink.

If you like exotic foods, you’ll be pleased to know that in the north of Brazil, most specifically in the state of Pará, açai is only eaten with salty foods, along with rice, fish and tapioca, made from the Cassava. Açai can also be used in a powder form and become a spice in some recipes.   

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we have discussed the question: “Can you eat açai when pregnant?” We have also discussed the reasons açai became popular, the benefits or harm caused by the indigestion of that kind of substance during pregnancy and different ways to eat açail. 

Hope you found this blog useful. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Citations

https://www.momjunction.com/articles/acai-berry-during-pregnancy_00394116/
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/food-news/why-acai-bowls-are-in-trend-and-their-health-benefits/photostory/83254472.cms?picid=83254513

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.