Hot Ingredient African Baobab Fruit

March 13, 2015 by Marilyn Gemino NutritionEnglish

It’s an Extraordinary Fruit from an Extraordinary Tree. It’s called the “tree of life,” and it lives up to its name from its fruit’s life-giving nutrition.

The baobab (pronounced bey-oh-bab) tree, known scientifically as Adansonia digitata, is an extraordinary African tree that can live for over a thousand years and is among the largest trees of the world.

Amazingly, the African baobab tree can survive extended droughts by storing up to 30,000 gallons of water in its sponge-like trunk, which can measure up to 30 to 60 feet in diameter. That’s one reason why it’s called “the tree of life.” Since its branches have the appearance of roots, it’s also often called the “upside down tree.”

The baobab tree itself is nothing short of amazing, but its fruit is truly spectacular—a virtual storehouse of vitamins and other nutrients. Maybe that’s why it’s often considered the king of the super fruits.

Outwardly, the baobab fruit looks like a large velvety-green coconut, but inside, its seeds are coated with a powder that tastes like a tangy, caramel pear with grapefruit overtones and is packed with life-giving nutrients. In short, the African baobab fruit offers an array of nutrients and health benefits, including:

  • the vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C.
  • protein, which helps build and repair muscle.
  • all eight essential amino acids that the body must obtain from the diet.
  • an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber to support digestive health, a healthy weight and to create a feeling of satiety as well as delivering prebiotic activity to support the growth of probiotics, including Bifidobacteria.
  • strong antioxidants—a 1,400 value on the ORAC scale (per gram), exceeding the ORAC values of many other popular super fruits.

The African Baobab Fruit is Life Giving in Other Ways

Not only does the African baobab fruit have life-giving nutrients, but it also supports people’s livelihoods. The farming of the organic African baobab fruit in our RAW Fit™ helps to provide work for pay to hundreds of tribal women and families in Africa, giving them a hand up to a new life.

This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.

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