Jiu-Jitsu / Mixed Martial Arts: The Gracie Family
The “Gracie Diet” is a method of eating developed during 65 years of research and first-hand use by Grand Master Carlos Gracie. Based on common sense and the proper combining of foods, it’s the secret of success for the Gracie family — and a key part of the Gracie Diet is fresh-harvested, great-tasting acai berries from Acai Roots.
Carlos Gracie developed the Gracie Diet based on his observations of the effects of various food combinations. His original purpose was to ensure that all members of his family were ready to uphold the Gracie name in an unarmed fight with anyone, anywhere, at any time. Carlos was not a doctor. He was a self- taught nutritionist who studied the writings of health experts. From these writings, he drew his own conclusions about the principles of healthy eating. Using himself and the rest of the Gracie family as participants in an experiment that lasted more than 65 years, he was able to validate and fine-tune his conclusions.
Carlos Gracie was born in 1902 in Belem do Para, and raised on acai. Acai has been a staple of the Gracie Diet ever since. Carlos was also one of the first northern Brazilians to bring acai to Rio de Janeiro in the 60′s, where the fruit gained strong endorsement and exposure later on. Rich in antioxidants, phytosterols, omega fatty acids, and dietary fiber, acai has been recommended to Gracie students for three generations.
Rorion Gracie brought Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to America in 1978, and then spent over two decades searching for a reliable acai provider. He was seeking the same high-quality acai that he enjoyed during his early years in Brazil.
Acai Roots was the answer. Today, Acai Roots products are consumed daily in the Gracie household, and family members are always experimenting with new smoothie combinations.
All recipes available on this page are Gracie Diet Approved.