Monthly Archives: October 2013

Baobab Powder, How To Pick The Best One?

Another post today based on questions we have received from readers.  It seems that people are having a hard time comparing Baobab Powder supplements and looking for some help.  No problem, we are here to help!

No, Not All Baobab Powders Are The Same

First, let’s be clear about one thing, not all Baobab powder supplements are the same.  There can be huge differences in the nutritional value of your Baobab pulp powder depending on how the supplement was processed and when the Baobab fruit was picked.

So, to help you find the best Baobab Powder – just ask these questions when shopping…

Is The Baobab USDA Certified Organic?

Buying Organic Baobab is the best way to go.  By having USDA Organic Baobab, you can be certain there are no pesticides in  your Baobab Fruit.

Is The Baobab Powder Raw and Whole Food?

You absolutely do NOT want a Baobab extract.  You want a Baobab powder that is made from the whole Baobab fruit pulp.

Is The Baobab Powder Naturally Dehydrated?

You do NOT want any Baobab powder that has been exposed to heat.  The less processed the Baobab fruit, the more health benefits you or going to see.

Is The Baobab Fruit Supplement Backed By Lab Testing?

Let’s be honest, talk is cheap.  You want to find a Baobab supplement that lab tests their product and is not afraid to publish the lab results.

Does the Baobab Pulp Powder Come in A Bottle?

I know this sounds weird, but we believe that bottles are better than bags.  You want your Baobab Powder to stay fresh and oxygen is the enemy.  A bottle is going to maintain freshness than a bag or pouch.

You Know Our Recommendation…

As you know from the ads on our site, we are big users of the Limitless Baobab Powder.  It is the most nutritious Baobab fruit powder we have ever used.  Of course, we love the social good they do as well.

Keep the questions coming…we love talking about Baobab!

 

The Health Benefits of Baobab Powder, The Sum Is Greater Than Its Parts

Baobab Sum of its Parts

As we have discussed in our articles on the nutrients in the Baobab Fruit, Baobab is packed with antioxidants.  We explain how an Organic Baobab Fruit Powder like Limitless Baobab Powder has 1,400 ORAC per gram.  As a serving is 12 grams, you get an incredible 16,800 ORAC per serving, which is about 10 x as much as the average American gets in their diet per day.

The problem is, we may have created a misconception by focusing on ORAC numbers in the Baobab Fruit.  We have received a number of emails from readers who will find a supplement that has 1,600 ORAC per gram and then figure this supplement will have more health benefits than the Baobab fruit.  This is not the case.

When It Comes To Baobab, The Sum is Greater Than Its Parts

If a company goes into the lab and creates a product, or makes an extract that has 1,600 ORAC per gram…that is all it has.  They have created a substance that delivers high ORAC values.  That has some benefit, but what that supplement is lacking is phytonutrients, phytochemicals and micronutrients.

The Baobab Fruit is more than just a high antioxidant fruit.  If you were to extract just the phytonutrients in the Baobab Fruit that gave it a 1,400 ORAC per gram, you would be missing out on a huge amount of nutrients.  You would lose the heart healthy fiber, the potassium, the iron, the calcium and more.  It is all the nutrients in the Baobab fruit – the micronutrients and phytonutrients that make Baobab Fruit so healthy.  If you just focus on the ORAC number, you are missing out on so much of what makes the Baobab Fruit special.

Raw, Whole Food Baobab Powder Is Key

The other big takeaway here is that you need to go with a Raw, Whole Food, unprocessed Baobab Powder.  Stay away from Baobab extracts as they will not have the complete nutritional profile of the Baobab Fruit.

We have become big fans of the Limitless Baobab – in addition to being 100% Organic, Raw, Whole Food Baobab Powder, the Limitless Good company is fantastic.  For every bottle of Limitless Baobab sold, they will donate 8 meals to people in need.  A really neat idea – Do Good, Feel Good, Laugh Loud

Baobab Research Videos

If you prefer to learn about Baobab from watching videos over reading.  Here are two great Baobab videos -

What Is Baobab

The Health Benefits of Baobab

Keep the questions on Baobab coming – we love to talk all things Baobab!

 

Baobab Fruit Powder Gets Big in Britain, UK Going Baobab SuperFood Crazy?

Britain gave us the Beatles, now it’s giving us Baobab???

Well, not exactly.  If you have spent some time on this site, you know that the Baobab fruit is native to Africa, so Britain and the UK are not responsible for introducing the world to the Baobab fruit. Where the UK and Britain are playing a big role is in eating the Baobab fruit!

In an article in the Mirror UK it was reported that Baobab fruit supplement sales are up 200% in the past year in the UK.  You have celebrity chefs cooking and making recipes that use the Baobab fruit powder.  It is becoming clear that the UK is the place where Baobab fruit is receiving the most attention.

Why is the Baobab Fruit So Popular in the UK?

It seems as if the UK media has done a good job on educating consumers about the health benefits of the Baobab fruit.  Here is a quote from the Mirror UK article -

“Found across sub-Saharan Africa, the small, melon-like fruit grows on the legendary upside down tree, named because it looks like it has been stuck in the ground with its roots pointing skyward.
Inside, the fruit is packed with a dry powder that contains three times more anti-oxidants than blueberries and six times more potassium than a banana. It also contains thiamin and vitamin B6 – all known to benefit general health. Baobab is used by those in the know to ward off cancer, heart disease, wrinkles, diabetes, fight colds, tummy upsets and boost the immune system.”

Are All Baobab Fruit Powders The Same?

Based on the recent press Baobab has been getting, we expect many consumers will run out and pick up any Baobab supplement they can find.  We strongly caution against this.  Baobab Fruit powder needs to be certified Organic, tested for bacteria and processed without heat so the nutrients remain intact.

Recently we have been using the Limitless Baobab Fruit supplement and love it.  We love that it is 100% Certified Organic and contains no other ingredients.

Do your own research, but just make sure the Baobab powder you buy is pure and free of any bacteria.