Acai has become popular in Brazil and has been gaining more and more space worldwide, exporting to several countries. What not everyone knows is that the fruit, popularly consumed in cream, can also be marketed in another way: it is the powdered acai, with numerous applications in the food, beverage and supplements industries.
Typically Brazilian, the acai is cultivated mainly in Pará, where it moves more than BRL 3 million per year. Other nearby states, such as Maranhão, Amazonas, Acre, Amapá, Rondônia and Roraima, are also expanding the cultivation both for domestic consumption and for export.
The acai, by itself, is already considered extremely beneficial to the health, mainly because of its energy properties. Therefore, it is commonly called “the Brazilian superfruit”.
The food is rich in fiber, lipids, minerals and vitamin E, an antioxidant that acts in the elimination of free radicals, besides contributing to the health and regeneration of the skin and hair, decrease of bad cholesterol and strengthening of muscles and bones.
In addition, the acai has high content of anthocyanin pigments, responsible for its purple coloration. Anthocyanins are substances that have the ability to react with free radicals and exert antioxidant functions in the body, favoring the blood circulation and protecting the body against diseases such as cancer and atherosclerosis.
What is the powdered acai used for?
When speaking of the powdered acai, it is important to remember that in the vast majority of cases, the product is not intended for the final consumer, but for the industry, where it will be used as raw material for the manufacture of cereal bars, cookies, granola, desserts, breads, cakes, among many other items, especially in the food and beverage sector.
The powdered acai can also be used in the development of products in other segments, such as pharmacological and cosmetic. In the first case, the most common applications are in vitamins and supplements, while in the cosmetic industry the powdered fruit is used in the manufacture of shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, soaps, enamels and many others.
So, do not be surprised to find more and more products with the powdered acai in composition on the shelves of supermarkets and pharmacies in Brazil and the world.
And to serve this growing market, Blue Macaw Flora has in its portfolio the powdered acai. To keep all fruit properties in natura, the company uses the process of atomization, also called spray drying. Through this procedure, we obtain the powder of the acai from its liquid solution, maintaining all its nutritional characteristics, flavor and aroma.
Blue Macaw Flora’s spray drying process is the same as that used by the food industry in the manufacture of products such as milk powder and instant coffee. Read more about the spray drying process on here.
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