August 2009 Entries

Acai-Miracle or Scam

The city of Belem in northern Brazil has a population of about 2,000,000. It would be very interesting to find out if its inhabitants have an unusually low incidence of illnesses such as cancer, arteriosclerosis or Alzheimer’disease. Why? Because the city is dotted with some 3000 “acai points” where people line up to purchase a slurry made from the pulp of the fruit of the acai (a-sigh-yee) palm tree. Over 200,000 liters of the thick purple sludge are consumed every day, which is more than t