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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.

 

What Is The Correct Dosage For Baobab Fruit?

One of the questions we have been getting more frequently goes along these lines…

What is the best dosage for a Baobab Fruit Supplement?

Before we answer this, we want to be clear about a few terms and definitions.  First off, by asking about dosage, it implies that Baobab Fruit is a drug or medicine.  Organic Baobab Fruit, even if you have it in powdered form, is simply a fruit.  Just as you would not really talk about dosage for blueberries, dosage for Baobab fruit does not make much sense.

The other term we need to talk about is “supplements”.  Technically, a 100% Pure Organic Baobab Fruit Powder, with absolutely nothing else added to it is not a dietary supplement.  This type of Baobab Fruit product would just be a dried fruit powder.  Again, not the type of thing that would have a dosage.

Maybe Serving Size is Better Than Dosage With Baobab Fruit

All of that being said, we think that talking about a correct serving size for Organic Baobab Fruit Pulp powder makes more sense than a dosage.  In terms of serving size, our research indicates that you should aim for 6-12 grams per serving.

In 12 grams of Organic Baobab Fruit you are getting a full 6 grams of fiber.  If you go much over 12 grams of Baobab Fruit per serving, you end up with a ton of fiber.  For some people this is fine, but for others, having this much fiber at once can cause problems.

By staying in the 6-12 gram range for Baobab fruit you are getting between 8,400 and 16,800 ORAC, which is an incredible amount of antioxidants. In addition you are getting high levels of Vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium and Potassium.

Can You Take Too Much Baobab Fruit Powder?

Just as you can’t eat too many blueberries or strawberries, you really can’t eat too much Baobab Fruit.  While it is true if you have high amounts of fiber in one serving, you might be spending some extra time in the bathroom, that is not always a bad thing!

Overall, rather than focusing on dosage or serving size of Organic Baobab Fruit Powder, we recommend that consumers spend their time trying to find the most pure and potent Baobab Fruit Powder.

 

Why You Should Only Buy USDA Certified Organic Baobab Fruit

We have been getting a lot of questions recently about what type of Baobab Fruit to buy.  Quick recap for those of you who are not familiar with the Baobab Fruit options here in the USA…

The Baobab Fruit grows in Africa.  You pretty much can NOT find the actual Baobab Fruit in the USA, instead what you find is Baobab Fruit Pulp Powder or Supplements.  Normally, we are not a big fan of fruit powders or supplements, since once you start processing a fruit and turning it into powder, you lose the nutrients.  However, the Baobab Fruit naturally dehydrates in the shell, so you do NOT need to heat it or process it in anyway to make Baobab Fruit Powder Pulp.  For this reason, you can do very well with a Baobab Fruit Pulp powder, but you still need to do your homework…

If It Is Not USDA Certified Organic, Simply Don’t Buy It

Baobab Fruit is filled with nutrients and that is great for your health, but you want to make sure the fruit is not filled with things that are NOT good for your health.  As Baobab Fruit gets more popular, more fruit is being harvested, and not always in the most pure way.  You obviously don’t want Baobab Fruit that has pesticides or other harmful contaminants in the pulp.

To make sure the Baobab Fruit Powder you get is pure, you need to look at the label and make sure it says -

Made With 100% USDA Certified Organic Baobab Fruit AND NO OTHER INGREDIENTS

You also need to see the USDA Organic Seal on the label -

Organic Seal

By buying Organic Certified Baobab Fruit, you are certain that the product is free of harmful pesticides.

Just The Word Organic On The Label Is Not Enough

You may see some Baobab Fruit products that say “Made with Organic” or “Contains Organic Baobab” or “All Natural” – THIS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH.  A product could have some organic Baobab but then also be mixed with non-organic ingredients.  You need to see the 100% USDA Certified Organic Seal as it means the product really is organic.

Ask Them To Prove It, Words Are Cheap

I wish this step wasn’t necessary, but we have heard too many stories of companies claiming to have organic products, only to find out that was not the case.  Anyone can put an Organic Seal on their label or website and tell you their product is 100% Organic.  You have the absolute right as a consumer to ask to see the lab tests and documents that show their Baobab Fruit product is pure and Organic.

This is exactly why we tell people to get Limitless Baobab when looking for where to buy baobab fruit.  If you look here on the Limitless Good site, you see they have all their certifications and lab work right there for you to see.  Nothing is being hidden, they are totally honest and that is very important when deciding where to buy your Baobab Fruit.

Have Questions on Baobab Fruit?  Keep Them Coming…

We love hearing your questions.  Have something you want to know that we did not cover?  Just leave a comment below or hit us up on our Contact Us page!

What Makes Baobab Fruit So Super?

If you read our Baobab Fruit article you can see all the incredible nutrients that the Baobab Fruit has to offer. Sure, it has 6x the Vitamin C of Oranges, Double the Antioxidants of the mighty Acai Berry and more magnesium and potassium, ounce for ounce than the bananas – but to us, that is NOT what makes the Baobab fruit a superfruit.

Processing Is Kryptonite To Superfruits!

You see, there are plenty of fruits that have great nutrients…when they are on the tree.  The problem is, most of the so-called super foods that we try are processed.  The fruits are spray-dried or heated to get them from their natural fruit form into a powder or supplement.  It is during this processing that many super foods and super fruits lose their super powers.

Baobab fruit is one of the only fruits that actually dehydrates in the shell!  Take a look at this photo of the Baobab fruit -

Baobab Fruit

See those little white nuggets?  That is actually the Baobab Fruit Pulp.  Inside the shell, the Baobab Pulp dehydrates, so when you crack it open you get these little dry pieces of Baobab Fruit pulp.  To turn the Baobab Fruit pulp into a powder, all you have to do is crush the large pieces.  Absolutely no heat or drying techniques is used.

The fact that Baobab naturally dehyrdates in the shell, this is what makes Baobab Fruit Super!  All of the nutrients remain when you buy a 100% Organic Baobab Fruit Powder supplement that is made with Organic Baobab and no processing.

Is It Also Important to Find Organic Baobab Fruit?

Absolutely yes!  Baobab Fruit needs to be certified Organic, otherwise you can not be sure what chemicals are in the Baobab Fruit pulp.  It may cost a little more, but make sure your Baobab Fruit Powder is USDA Certified Organic.

Have Questions on Baobab Fruit? Fire Away

We have received great feedback from our readers and we can’t wait to hear more.  Is there something about Organic Baobab Fruit that still does not make sense?  Have a question that is not answered on our site?  Just hit us up on the Contact Us page and let us know.  We love talking about the Baobab Fruit and will do our best to answer your questions.

 

Buying The Best Baobab Fruit Supplements, Not As Easy As You Think

When it comes to buying the best Baobab Supplements, let’s just say things can get confusing!

Clearly we are big fans of Organic Baobab Fruit and also believe that some of the Organic Baobab powders can be terrific.  Here is the important word in the above sentence – “some“.  Many consumers will make the mistake of going with the least expensive Baobab Supplement, figuring they are all the same.  Nothing could be further from the truth!

Sometimes a Label is Just a Label

After reading our site, some consumers understand that they want to find a Baobab Fruit Powder that is 100% Organic and not mixed with any other ingredients.  This is absolutely a great start and the right way to start to compare Baobab Supplements.  The key point, looking at labels is just the start.

Let’s give a graphic example to explain this..

Here are two apples, in a lovely box, that you can buy…

Apple Box

APPLE #1 – 100% Certified Organic Apple.
Cost – 20 cents

 

Apple Box

APPLE #2 – 100% Certified Organic Apple.
Cost – 30 cents

Which Apple Would You Buy?

Perhaps you go with Apple #1, as it is 10 cents cheaper and still 100% Certified Organic.  Seems like a reasonable and prudent decision.

Well, let’s take it out of the box and see if you have a different choice….

APPLE #1 - 100% Certified Organic Apple. Cost - 20 cents

APPLE #1 – 100% Certified Organic Apple.
Cost – 20 cents

APPLE #2 - 100% Certified Organic Apple. Cost - 30 cents

APPLE #2 – 100% Certified Organic Apple.
Cost – 30 cents

Of Course You Switch to Apple #2 When The Box is Removed

Saving 10 cents to get a rotten apple obviously does not make sense.  The problem is, you didn’t know the apple was rotten when it was in the box.  This is the exact same problem with Baobab Fruit Supplements – you can’t tell the quality of the Baobab Fruit, just by looking at the bottle!

How Do You Find the Best Baobab Supplements?

Ask questions and demand documents!  We are working on a full review of Baobab Fruit Powders and Supplements, so look for that in the coming weeks.  For now, your best bet is to ask for lab tests and assays that can prove that the Organic Baobab powder in the bottle is still rich in nutrients.

Examine the Lab Assay for any Baobab Fruit Powder you may be thinking of buying.  Does it show a high ORAC level?  Does it show the Baobab tested negative for any harmful ingredients?  Can you see high levels of Vitamin C, Fiber, Potassium and Magnesium in the Baobab Powder?  If not, you should find another Baobab Fruit supplement.

As we said, we are working on reviews of all the Baobab supplements and powders on the market, so stay tuned for more!

 

How Do You Pronounce Baobab, As In The Baobab Fruit?

Baobab Fruit

Okay, this may be the shortest, yet most important post we do here at Organic Baobab Fruit.  You see, we talk a lot about the Baobab Fruit here – the health benefits, the science, the history – but we might have missed the most important question people always ask -

How Do You Pronounce Baobab?

Sorry to miss the obvious, here you go -

Continue reading

What Does Baobab Fruit Taste Like?

Just a quick post today on a question we get a lot…

What Does Baobab Fruit Taste Like?

It is a great question, and one that is obviously challenging to answer without being able to reach through the screen and give you a taste.  Come on, Google, when are you going to invent Taste enhanced searches :)  Still, we will give it our best shot…

The Tart Taste of Baobab Fruit

Baobab fruit has a tart, somewhat sour flavor.  There is also a strong tropical flavor, almost like a sour Mango.  If you eat the Baobab fruit pulp directly, it can be somewhat dry and gritty.  Remember, 50% of the Baobab fruit is fiber, so it is a dense fruit.

Unfortunately, it is very rare to find the whole Baobab fruit here in the USA.  Still, there is a great alternative and that is Baobab Fruit powder.  The great thing about Baobab Fruit powder is that it is basically identical in flavor and nutrients to fresh Baobab fruit pulp.  You see, the Baobab fruit pulp is dry, almost like coconut pulp.  In order to “make” Baobab Fruit powder, you just need to remove the seeds from the pulp and crush it into a fine powder.  No heat is necessary at all, so it is a very natural process, that retains the flavor and nutrients.

What Does Baobab Fruit Powder Taste Like?

The same as Baobab fruit pulp!  We mix about 6 grams of Organic Baobab fruit powder into water and it makes a delicious, if some what tart drink.  It almost has a tropical lemonade flavor to it.  You can add a touch of honey if you want a sweeter drink, but we find straight Baobab fruit powder and water to be a very refreshing and healthy drink

Keep The Questions Coming

We are writing this site for you and love all your questions.  Keep the questions coming in and we will keep writing articles about the Baobab fruit!

Baobab Fruit Powder, How Do You Go From Baobab Fruit Pulp to Powder

Baobab Fruit Powder

In our article on Baobab Fruit Health Benefits we discussed all the nutrients that are packed into the tiny Baobab fruit.  If you have not yet read the article, give it a quick read as it will explain why we are so excited about the Baobab fruit.  We will wait, go ahead, give it a read…

Back now?  Pretty impressive stuff, right?  Well, since writing that article on Baobab fruit we have had a number of questions on how to get Baobab fruit here in the USA, so we wanted to provide some more insight…

Fresh Baobab Fruit, Something You Just Can’t Find In The USA

Unfortunately, if you think you can go to a local fruit market and pick up a few Baobab fruits, you are mistaken.  The whole Baobab fruit is generally not imported into the USA, so you need to find another form of the Baobab fruit.  Luckily, you can find Baobab fruit powder here in the USA, and if processed correctly, it can have all the nutrients and health benefits of the fresh Baobab fruit.

How To Make The Best Baobab Fruit Powder

When it comes to processing any fruit – less is more!  The less you need to heat it, dry it or process  the fruit in anyway, the more nutrients the fruit powder will have.  The cool thing about the Baobab fruit is that the pulp is already dry.  So, to make Baobab powder, you simply need to remove the seeds from the pulp and then crush up the Baobab fruit pulp into a fine powder.

When shopping for Baobab fruit powder, you want to make sure no heat or processing was done to the Baobab fruit pulp.  The ideal Baobab fruit powder would be 100% Organic Baobab Fruit, with nothing else added and no heat used to make the powder.

Why is Organic Important When Shopping For Baobab Fruit?

We could write a whole book just on the benefits of eating organic, but let’s just say we are big believers in eating organic fruits whenever possible.  There is plenty of 100% Certified Organic Baobab Fruit Powder on the market, so why not buy Organic Baobab fruit?

Tests on Baobab Fruit Powder Are On The Way

We are big believers in science and testing, so we are currently testing the nutritional content of a number of Baobab fruit powders and will post our results soon.

Stay tuned!

 

Baobab Fruit: Interesting Facts and Figures on Nutrition and Health Benefits

Baobab Fruit

There has been plenty of discuss about the Baobab fruit recently in the news.  Is it the next big Superfruit?  Does it cure various aliments?  In truth, the Baobab fruit is an incredibly nutritious fruit, that is packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, potassium and other nutrients.  Does that make the Baobab fruit a Superfruit?  Who knows, as they is no scientific definition of a super fruit.

Fast Facts and Figures on the Baobab Fruit

If you are interested in learning more about the Baobab fruit, we highly recommend you check out our article on Organic Baobab Fruit Research. That article provides details about both Baobab fruit pulp and Baobab fruit powder.

Still, we understand that some people just want the quick bulleted facts on the Baobab Fruit, so here you go, everything you wanted to know about the Baobab Fruit in under 60 seconds…

  • Baobab Fruit Powder Has An ORAC of Over 1,400 per gram
  • ORAC is used to measure the antioxidant levels in foods
  • Baobab Fruit has more than DOUBLE the antioxidant levels of Acai and Goji berries
  • More Than 6 times the antioxidant levels of Cranberries, Blueberries and Pomegranates
  • More Than 6 times the Potassium of a Banana
  • More Than 6 times the Vitamin C of Oranges
  • Baobab Fruit is 50% Heart Healthy Fiber
  • Ounce for Ounce, As Much Magnesium As Coconut Water
  • Twice as Much Calcium as Milk

You have to admit, those are some pretty impressive facts about the Baobab Fruit

Buyer Beware, Search for Certified Organic Baobab Fruit Powder

Unfortunately, there are less than honest companies who are trying to take advantage of the positive media surrounding the Baobab fruit.   Here in the US, it is not possible to get the whole Baobab fruit – shell and all, so your options are Baobab fruit powder or Baobab fruit pulp.  Both are good options, just make sure you get certified Organic Baobab Fruit and that is has been tested to be free of any harmful ingredients.  As Baobab grown wild in Africa on the Tree of Life, some companies have bee selling rotted Baobab fruits, which contain no nutritional value.

As they say, Buyer Beware!

We have been using the 100% Organic Limitless Baobab Fruit Powder and have been very impressed.  The quality is outstanding and we love that they make all their lab testing available so you know they have the best baobab fruit powder.

Organic Baobab Fruit Benefits

Over the past few weeks, you may have heard some news reports about the Baobab fruit.  Perhaps you were told Baobab is a superfruit from Africa that has endless health benefits.  Of course, this is the internet, so who knows if anything you read here is true!

To help clear the confusion about the Baobab fruit, we will go over what exactly Baobab fruit really is and what, if any, health benefits can you get from eating Baobab.

The 2 Minute History of the Baobab Tree and Baobab Fruit

Let’s start at the top – how do you pronounce Baobab?  It is pronounced “Bey-Oh-Bab“.  Well, there you go – everything you need to know about Baobab…

Just kidding!  Okay, here is the amazingly quick history on Baobab.  The Baobab fruit grows on the Adansonia, a genus of eight species of tree, of which six are native to Madagasca and one is native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.

Just because you may see various names for the Baobab tree – here are the most common alternative names –  tree of life, boab, boaboa, tabaldi, bottle tree, upside-down tree, and monkey bread tree. 

The Baobab tree has been around for thousands of years, and it is not uncommon to find 150-1,000 year old trees across Africa.  The tree has a very funny look, as it is leafless most of the year, with its branches looking like roots in the year.  This is how it earned the nickname of Upside Down Tree.

Learning About the Baobab Fruit and Its Nutrients

The Baobab fruit looks almost like a strange shaped coconut.  There is a hard shell that must be cracked open to reach the Baobab fruit pulp.  The very interesting thing about the Baobab fruit pulp is that it is dry – again, almost like coconut flesh.  The important point here is that you do NOT need to process the Baobab fruit to turn it into Baobab fruit powder.  You simply remove the Baobab seeds and mill the Baobab fruit powder.  No heat is introduced and this is key, so the nutrients are not killed.

The Baobab fruit is absolutely packed with nutrients.  Here are the highlights on a gram for gram basis -

  • 10 Times The Antioxidants of Oranges
  • 6 Times More Antitoxidants than blueberries 
  • 2.5 Times The Antioxidants of Goji Berries
  • More Antioxidants Than The Acai Berry
  • 6 times the Vitamin C found in oranges.
  • 4 times more potassium than a banana.
  • More calcium than milk.
  • More magnesium than spinach.

Baobab Fruit Health Benefits

As you can see from the nutrient highlights, the Baobab fruit is truly a Superfruit.  What health benefits can you see from all the nutrients in Organic Baobab fruit?

  • Increased energy levels
  • Improve Skin tone
  • Reduce the signs of aging
  • Improve Digestive Function
  • Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure Levels
  • Improve Overall Wellness
  • Increase Endurance

 What Is The Best Way To Take Baobab Fruit For Maximum Health Benefits?

The first thing you want to do is make sure you are getting Organic Baobab Fruit.  You need to stay away from any Baobab powder or fruit pulp that is not certified organic.  In terms of Baobab fruit powder versus Baobab fruit pulp – both are excellent choices.  We will address the differences between Organic Baobab fruit powder vs Organic Baobab Fruit Pulp in a future article, but both forms of Baobab will get you tremendous health benefits.