With the exciting upcoming release of organic MySuperCookies, what better time to highlight one of the new star ingredients – ACEROLA. Don’t let the label designation of “cookie” fool you. MySuperFoods has carefully selected new key ingredients to pack a healthy punch into your child’s snack. Acerola is often referred to as either acerola berry or acerola cherry (although it’s not related to the conventional cherry that you initially think of). This tropical fruit that’s native to Mexico, Central, and South America is packed with antioxidants vitamin C and anthocyanin, which is always a good thing for immunity and overall health.
Vitamin A is another important nutrient found in acerola berry, yielding as much as a bundle of full-sized carrots, or approximately 3400 to 12,500 international units per 100 grams of fruit. This is good news for parents who are always looking for a way to boost their children’s diets with healthy whole-food nutrient sources. Vitamin A plays a role in visual health, normal growth and ongoing development, red blood cell production and it protects the immune system.
Other healthy nutrients you can find in acerola include several B-vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium – each of which is necessary in a normal diet. Protein, fiber and fatty acids, are also included in the important line-up of great things packed into this super fruit.
Some additional great things acerola is known for:
- Balancing blood sugar
- Allergy relief
- Dampening depression symptoms
- Fighting off the common cold
- Combatting inflammation
I don’t know about you, but I am beyond excited for the new cookies that will be bursting with this new ingredient that will redefine the meaning of cookies. Stay tuned next week to learn about the other new star super ingredient – BAOBAB!
REFERENCES: www.herbwisdom.com; Dr. Cathy Wong, MD
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