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Baobab Fruit Powder

ABOUT BAOBAB

 

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION
Baobab fruit (Adansonia Digitata L.) grows natively in Africa. Some baobab fruit trees are reported to be up to 1000 years of age and often times the tree is referred to as the “Ancient Tree of Life”. The trunks can store greater than 30,000 gallons of water which help the trees survive long drought conditions. The fruit is found inside hard pods that hang upside down from the tree.

Baobab powder is a super fruit as it is eaten to boost health and vitality. The powder can be used as a health supplement and as a food ingredient. It is rich in vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. Baobab powder is an antioxidant and has prebiotic properties. It is a natural source of dietary fibres, minerals and organic acids.

Baobab Powder is an excellent source of magnesium as it contains twice as much magnesium as dark leafy greens.

Baobab fruit has already exploded onto the markets in Asia and Europe, and is a prime new ingredient for the US market, given its unique functional health properties. Baobab fruit has a citrusy flavor and boasts more vitamins and minerals than we typically find in oranges, bananas and even blackcurrants. In additional to its potent micronutrient profile, baobab has been confirmed to act as a prebiotic, and its high percentage of fiber by weight makes it a well-rounded ingredient for numerous food applications (see further below).

CULTURAL HISTORY

Traditionally, the baobab fruit is used to create a delicious, tangy health drink which is especially popular among pregnant women, children and the elderly. In various parts of East Africa, the dry fruit pulp is covered in sugary coating (usually with red coloring) and sold in packages as a sweet and sour candy called “umbuyu”.

The seeds are mostly used as a thickener for soups, but may also be fermented into a seasoning, roasted for direct consumption, or pounded to extract oil. The tree also provides a source of fiber, dye, and fuel. The dry pulp is either eaten fresh or used to add to gruels on cooling after cooking – a good way of preserving the vitamin contents. In Tanzania, it is added to aid fermentation of sugar cane for beer making.

Additional trivia about this fruit: Rafiki, in the Lion King, made his home in a Baobab Tree!

REGULATORY
Baobab Fruit was GRAS certified in 2009 (GRAS Notice No. GRN 000273).

NUTRITIONAL BENEFITS
1) Baobab Fruit Powder: Nutrition Facts

Component    

Content

Antioxidants    

> 650/g ORAC

Calcium    

169mg/100g

Iron    

0.9mg/100g

Potassium 

2.7g/100g

Energy   

> 1087kJ/100g

Total Carbohydrates     

85.2g/100g

Protein    

2.1g/100g

Fat 

0.1g/100g

Total Dietary Fiber    

43.9g/100g

Total Soluble Fiber     

28.8g/100g

Total Sugar  

33.1g/100g

                         

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2) High Vitamin and Mineral Content (compared to other commonly consumed fruits)

3) Potent Source of Antioxidants
    •  Vitamin C
    •  Bioflavenoids
    •  Provitamin A

4) Probiotic
The soluble fibers found in baobab fruit have been found to exert prebiotic effects (promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut) in vitro.

5) Gastrointestinal Aid

Traditionally used by African populations to support relief of diarrhea, dysentery, and constipation.

FOOD DEVELOPMENT BENEFITS
1) Natural excipient with good lubrificanting, binding-agent and diluting characteristics (it has been used in some studies as a hydrophilic excipient, for the preparation of paracetamol and theophylline tablets).

2) It also supports the creation of gel, acts as a thickening agent or a stabilizer, due to its soluble fiber content.

3) Acts as a natural preservative due to high Vitamin C, Potassium and Phosphorus content.

 

FOOD APPLICATIONS
    •  Body building/fitness supplements
    •  Vitamin/mineral formulas
    •  Smoothies, fruit juices, and powdered drinks
    •  Breakfast cereals and cereal bars
    •  Ice creams, yogurts and dairy products

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