March 25, 2010

But It's Saving the Rain Forest

1 Acai Superfood is a Weight Loss Scam: Nightline

"Many people are being ripped off because they are looking for a quick fix to shed pounds"
- Susan in the comments

The Brazilian fruit acai, called a "superfood" by Oprah and Dr. Oz, is debunked on tonight's NIghtline. According to the report, most of the health claims for the small, black, palm fruit are scams. "Currently, there is no direct evidence, scientific evidence, that acai has any weight loss properties," says food chemist and early acai researcher Susanne Talcott. Her husband, biochemist Steve Talcott goes on to say, "[T]he marketing hype with acai seems to have surpassed the science." On the other hand, the mania for acai is helping to preserve Brazil's rain forest, because rather than chopping down the trees for the "heart of palm" core of the trunk, there is now more value in preserving the trees.

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Tags: Acai, ABC Nightline, Nightline, Brazil, Rain Forest

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