Acai Soft Chews are dietary supplements that usually aim to deliver antioxidants and vitamins offered by the popular superfruit. Acai is a purple colored berry native to South America and has been proven to have some anti-inflammatory effects (1).
Acai hit the mainstream as a healthy base for smoothies and bowls but still has room for growth in smaller snacks and supplements. When analyzing the ingredients of soft chews available, many of them actually lack any form of acai and instead boast being acai flavored. We tried many of the most popular options on the market for flavor and it can be difficult to distinguish the the acai flavor from the real thing
NeoCell – Biotin Burst – Brazilian Acai Berry
- Provides 10,000mcg of biotin.
- More affordable than most competitors.
- Contains 25mg of acai berry per soft chew.
- Gluten free.
- The aftertaste is better than the taste when chewing.
NeoCell Biotin Bursts come in bags of thirty soft chews that pack a heavy punch of biotin. Each chew is individually wrapped before they’re all bagged and boxed. Each soft chew actually contains acai berry and has a chewy texture similar to Starburst.
Garden Greens Acaiblast Soft Chews
- Contains 300mg of acai juice powder per soft chew.
- Easy to ground for mixing into drinks.
- Chalkier taste than other available options.
Garden Greens Acaiblast Soft Chews contain acai juice powder and has a recommended intake of one soft chew per day. Each soft chew is individually wrapped and each pouch contains thirty soft chews.
Healthy Delights Naturals Appetite Control Soft Chews
- No artificial flavoring.
- Gluten free.
- Less sugar per soft chew than most competitors.
- Great chewy texture.
- Does not contain any acai (only acai flavored).
- Tends to leave a sour aftertaste.
Healthy Delights Naturals Soft Chews contain garcinia cambogia, L-Carnitine, green coffee bean extract, green bean extract, and white kidney bean extract in a blend aimed at controlling appetite. They come thirty soft chews per pouch.
The texture of acai soft chews can range from the chewiness and soft to chalky or crumbly. If you are the type of person who would prefer to enjoy a soft chew a bit longer, the chewier options are likely better for you. For those who prefer a drier taste or want to mix the soft chew into water, then a chalkier texture may be the better choice.
Most acai soft chews are reminiscent of candy and are all sweet. The main ingredient in almost every acai soft chew available is a type of sugar. Soft chews that list syrups earlier on their ingredient list are more likely to have a chewy texture, while soft chews that list sugar earlier on their ingredient list are more likely to taste chalkier.
Despite most recommended daily servings being only one soft chew, one commonality many acai soft chews share is a distinct aftertaste. The chalkier textured soft chews tend to leave a powdered tongue feeling which can be enjoyable for those who enjoy that and want the aftertaste to last. The chewier soft chews leave potent aftertastes as well and although they can be strong, they seem to subside sooner than the aftertaste left by chalkier options.
Although containing actual acai seems like it would be a given, that is not always the case. Many soft chew options can be misleading with their packaging. Some soft chews are simply acai berry flavored rather than actually having acai berry as an ingredient. The best practice is to read the nutrition label prior to purchasing acai soft chews so you know for sure if the kind you are interested in does contain acai berries (assuming you aren’t looking for just acai berry flavor).
Acai soft chews can certainly be a nice addition to add to your daily supplements, especially if you have a sweet tooth. Just be conscious to check what the recommended daily dose is as it does vary from soft chew to soft chew.
What are acai berries?
The acai berry is a hard, dark purple fruit with a large pit. They grow on acai palm trees native to Central and South America.
Where are acai berries most commonly used?
Acai berries, or rather the pulp of acai berries, tend to spoil quickly and need to be frozen or dried into powder if not consumed immediately. Because of this, acai is most commonly used in smoothies and bowls.
- Brito C., et al. Extract of acai-berry inhibits osteoclast differentiation and activity. Arch Oral Biol. 2016 Aug.