BAOBAB FRUIT POWDER – ORGANIC 250 g
Baobab fruit powder is extracted directly from the fruit. Baobab fruit is Africa’s true super-fruit! Baobab powder contains high levels of Vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and dietary fibers. These minerals all exist in a naturally balanced relationship within the fruit. Our diets require these minerals to boost our health and vitality, thus making baobab powder an excellent source. The baobab fruit is one of the few fruits to dry out completely while still on the tree. The pods are only harvested when they fall to the ground and they only fall when they are completely dried out. This means that the powder requires minimal handling and processing so it retains all its nutritional qualities. The powder is separated from the seeds (which are pressed to get Baobab oil) and then sieve it to give it the wonderfully fine, silky textured powder which mixes easily into foods and drinks.
Baobab powder contains
|Vitamin C||221 mg/100g|
|Energy||481 kJ/100g – 113 kcal/100g|
|Soluble Fibre||42 g/100g|
|Insoluble Fibre||12 g/100g|
|Antioxidants (Hydrophilic ORAC)|
|≥330 μmol TE/g|
What does baobab powder contain?
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient and antioxidant found in abundance in Baobab fruit powder. Baobab powder has nearly 4 times more Vitamin C than oranges, and has one of the highest antioxidant ratings. Because Vitamin C can’t be stored in our bodies it’s necessary to consume it on a daily basis. Baobab powder contains 4 times Vitamin C than oranges.
Calcium is an alkaline mineral and functions to support bone and dental health, muscle movement and vital metabolic functions in the blood, nerves and cells. Baobab superfruit powder is an excellent source of calcium for children, vegans, pregnant and post-menopausal women and is possibly the richest plant-based source of calcium known, containing 1.5 times the amount of calcium found in almonds.
Magnesium is required in over 350 essential biochemical reactions and is necessary for energy metabolism,muscle and heart function, a healthy nervous system and bone density. Magnesium plays a significant role in the prevention of diabetes and osteoporosis as well as a host of other conditions such as hypertension, chronic fatigue and insomnia. Baobab powder is an excellent source of magnesium as it contains twice as much magnesium as dark leafy greens.
Potassium is both a mineral and an electrolyte. As a mineral it works towards maintaining healthy muscle function including the heart. As an electrolyte, it assists with conducting nerve impulses and is important forkidney health, helping to regulate the amount of water in your body, the blood pH levels, working closely with sodium to manage blood pressure. Baobab powder is an excellent source of potassium containing 6 times as much potassium as bananas.
Baobab powder is particularly rich in fiber. By weight, up to 50% is dietary fibre, of which 75% is soluble fiber. Soluble fiber assists with balancing blood sugar levels and functions as a prebiotic promoting the healthy flourishing of probiotic cultures in the intestinal tract. In this way, dietary fiber serves to strengthen the immune system and optimizes the healthy absorption of nutrients and transit time of foods in the gut contributing to overall digestive health.
How to use baobab powder
- Add a table spoon of baobab powder to a bowl of yoghurt.
- Mix a spoonful of baobab powder into a glass of milk.
- Baobab powder is a great ingredient in smoothies (see recipes for ideas)
- Use as a flavour in deserts like cheese cake or sorbet (see recipes for ideas)
- Or just eat it by the spoonful!
Baobab fruit are superfruit!
- Baobab powder is very high in vitamin C.
- It is a natural source of calcium.
- It contains magnesium, potassium and B-complex vitamins.
- Baobab powder contains dietary fibres.
- It has prebiotic properties
- The powder is an excellent antioxidant.
How we make our baobab powder
Baobab powder is the ‘pulp’ of baobab fruit. It holds the seeds in the fruit, much like the white of an apple. Baobab powder is naturally dry, not moist like apple pulp. This makes it easy to extract and package. EcoProducts baobab powder has not undergone any further refinement or processing and has no additives. We are proud to say that our powder is 100% pure.
The fruit mature during the dry season and drop off the trees when ready to harvest. People living in rural areas collect the fruit from under the trees. The fruit are transported to our processing facility. Here the fruit are cracked open and the inside powder and seed is removed. The powder is then sieved twice. The first sieving is to separate out the seeds. The second uses a very fine sieve to remove fibres. The fine creamy-coloured powder is then ready to be packed.
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