Acai and Super-fruit Juice Comparisons

Mark Wyatt, July 2008

Bom Dia Acai Blueberry (Kirkland)


Bom Dia Acai Blueberry

This is a delicious combination, similar to the Bom Dia Acai Pomegranate. It is a littlesweet, and it is balanced with the tartness of the pomegranate like the acai pomegranate. They did add lemon juice, perhaps to add tartness (aciditiy). The juice is somewhat clear, and halso as a red tint to it- likely from the Merlot grape juice mixed in.

I was surprised to see their claim that the acai fruit has an ORAC value of 472 micromole TE/gram. Most people claim 167-185 for fruit. This value is similar to what Sambazon has recently claimed for freeze dried fruit. The rest of the values (for cranberry, blueberry and blckberry are the values from Wu, and use the basic method used by Brunswick Labs: fluorscein fluoresence). I did request more information from Bolthouse Bom Dia about this, but have not been replied to. Here is the claim in their label:

Bom Dia ORAC Calaims- acai

content: 33.8 fluid ounces x 2
cost: $ 11.83 (Costco internet price)

Nutrition Information

serving size: 8 fl. ounces
calories: 140
grams fat:0
dietary fiber: 1 gram
sugars: 30 grams
protein: 0 g
ingredients: Acai juice, blueberry juice from concentrate (water, blueberry juice concentrate), apple juice from concentrate (water, apple juice concentrate), natural flavors, lemon juice from concentrate (water, lemon juice concentrate), merlot grape juice, ascorbic acid (vitamin C)

Calculations

ORAC: 19.5 (16.6) (Seeram acai-mangosteen 16.6 low estimate, average acai-juices: 19.5 high estimate)

ORAC/serving = 4612.9 (3927)
ORAC/gram sugar = 153.7 (130.9)
ORAC/calorie = 32.9 (28.1)
ORAC/$ = 3295 (2805)