Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The Amazon & the rainforests are the Lungs of the Planet. The local plant life creates 20% of the Earth’s oxygen through photosynthesis, there are an estimated 438,000 species of plants living inside the 1.2 billion acres of the Amazon Rainforests, and one in five of all the birds in the world live in the rainforests of the Amazon. Yet, more than 20% of the Amazon Rainforest has already been destroyed, and the rate of destruction is accelerating – 20,000 square miles are vanishing each year, 3x the rate of 1994.
Zola is a proud supporter of biodiversity and sustainable harvesting. Growing Açaí allows the trees to be put to their highest and best use while locals make more money – a win-win for the environment and the local community!
Zola practices sustainable harvesting, which creates jobs in the Amazon and preserves the rainforest. Açaí grows at the top of the same palm trees that are cut down for “Hearts of Palm.” If a tree is cut down, it takes several years for that tree to grow back. However, the locals can actually make more money through sustainable harvesting of Açaí than they do cutting down the trees. For example, one hectare (2.471 acres) used as a cattle pasture will produce just $148 per year. Clear-cutting that same land for timber will produce 8x more or $1,000, but this is only a one-time gain. Sustainably harvesting that land for fruits like Açaí will produce almost 7x more! And it is a crop that regenerates year after year –that is sustainable!
I was given the chance to try out a few smoothies and a daily wellness shot from Zola. My favorite would have to be the Zola Immunity Smoothie. This tangy tart blend of Brazilian Acerola Cherries, Camu Camu, and Açaí, contains loads of antioxidants, Vitamin C, and bioflavonoids for some serious immune system support. Brazilian battle armour to fight colds and flus. Call me crazy or this stuff really works. I had a terrible cold early last week and I swear that I healed faster by drinking Zola! I also really enjoyed the Superfood Smoothie despite its strange green color!
The Daily Wellness Shot made me feel a little more energized in the morning and ready to start my day. Drink your antioxidants. This super potent once-a-day Açaí shot harnesses the antioxidant power of Açaí. Leading antioxidant researchers suggest at least 3,000 ORAC units per day would significantly impact antioxidant capacity. Each one ounce shot of Zola Açaí Daily Wellness Shot provides 3,000 ORAC with only 20 calories and 3g of sugar. While this wasn't my most favorite flavor, it was certainly not as bad as I thought it might have been. It tastes like berries, but doesn't have the super sweet taste of a smoothie or juice.
Wondering where to buy? You can purchase Zola from drinkzola.com, Amazon, or you can even check out the store locator.
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