I was perusing the Odwalla case in the Whole Foods when I saw Bossa Nova brand drinks on the right side. I wasn't familiar with the product, but had heard about acai juice, and since a bottle was only $2.99 (therefore less than any of the Odwalla varieties), I decided to give it a try.

I got the original flavor, which is just sweetened acai juice-- the variations included other juices blended with acai. The description on the bottle said it was an "exotic berry flavor with blueberry notes" or something to that effect. I'd say that's an accurate description. I enjoyed the drink, but it's not nearly as filling as the Odwalla drinks, so it's not a replacement for that. But it's a good choice if I just want a glass of juice instead of drinking water.

I don't know much about antioxidants, except that they supposedly remove free-radical oxygen from your body, which is good since it causes signs of aging. I've never really put much stock in products touting "antioxidants" because I don't understand how they work. Acids, I get. Anti-bacterial products I understand. Moisturizers, cleansers, check. Organic, natural, free-range are concepts I grasp.

But anti-oxidents? How do you know if a product is really getting rid of free-radical oxygen molecules? Do you look better? Feel better? Younger? Do they lower your blood pressure? Give you a boost of energy? I suspect that any product that touts antioxidants is just a bunch of marketing hype until I see some concrete evidence of efficacy.

I didn't notice any special benefits from drinking the acai juice that I wouldn't have gotten from drinking any other juice. It sated my thirst. It tasted good. That's about it. But really, that's all I'm looking for in a juice. It's pretty much a pass-fail test as far as I'm concerned. And acai juice passed. I'll buy more of it and keep it stocked in the house if the price ever comes down. Otherwise, it's just another novelty drink I'll get if I feel like it from time-to-time.