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Health food of the month - Baobob

October 2011

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How good can it get!
This month we look at ....Baobob – with a free sample offer as well!

This is a very special month for visitors to Laterlife! Not only are we bringing you news about a true “superfood” that most people have never heard of, but we are also offering a free sample giveaway pack for you to try.

Superfoods are everywhere - but not this superfood! We are talking about fruit powder from the baobab tree. The extraordinary baobab tree is the stuff of African legends, and the bark, leaves and fruit of this exotic species have been used in medicines for centuries.

Baobob, superfruitThe baobab is also known as the upside down tree – just look at a picture of it and you will see why! It is one of the oldest trees on the earth, dating back thousands of years, and is mainly found in Africa and Australia. It grows to around 20 metres and produces a hard shelled fruit.

It is only recently that baobab fruit are being professionally harvested but it is already a well supervised and organised industry. The only trees targeted are the species of baobab that are abundant and where the fruit can be harvested with minimal environmental impact. Once the hard shell is removed, fibrous and flaky material is separated and discarded to leave a fine nutritious powder. To preserve the level of nutrients, the process between breaking open the fruit and final packaging is less than two hours.

So that all sounds really good – but what are these wondrous nutrients about which so much trouble and care is being?

Baobob is a true super fruit packed with key nutrients. Often the label superfood is given on the basis of a high level of antioxidants, key to keeping us healthy and helping us to fight off various cancers and other dreaded diseases. Well, baobab fruit powder has three times the reported level of antioxidants in blueberries; it has twice the level found in pomegranates and cranberries – for technical gurus, it contains an antioxidant level (ORAC) of 25,000 per 100 grams.

That is impressive – and that is just the start. It contains more vitamin C than oranges, more potassium than bananas, more calcium than milk, more iron than red meat. It contains 50% fibre by weight, of which 75% is soluble power (said to increase the production of an anti-inflammatory protein called interleukin-4, valuable in maintaining a healthy digestive tract). Pectin is also involved in the fibre of baobab, reported to have a role in the reduction of total and LDL cholesterol.

Perhaps a main benefit of this super fruit is the form it comes in, making it so easy to eat. The pulp comes in a white power that on its own has an unusual but really nice tangy taste, sometimes described as a cross between caramel pear and grapefruit. The best way to eat it is to sprinkle it over cereal, or add to it fruit juice drinks or even meals. Mixed with a little lime juice and coconut, you can create an exotic summer drink.

Later this year you will probably be able to buy it in yoghurts, cereal bars and drinks but at the moment it is only available in power form. It is not over expensive, around £14 for 250g from online at www.shop.minvita.co.uk or at most Holland and Barrett stores.

More information is available on www.minvita.co.uk

 

 

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