That’s right, Baobab. A few days ago, I was super excited to go to one of my favorite health food stores that I don’t manage to get to very often in Victoria, BC. They always have something new for me to try. As I looked around the Superfood/Herb section, I saw BaoBab. Honestly, I had no idea what it was, so of course I had to buy it. I did check out the package quick first to make sure it wasn’t another male fertility product…that’s a mistake you don’t make twice.
I’m certain that this superfruit is going to take off like Acai did once it becomes a little more common place. It is an African fruit from one of their most common trees. The pulp of this fruit is pure nutritional magic. It is a significant source of calcium. Seriously, if you still drink dairy milk for calcium and are on the lookout for a tasty replacement, this fruit has twice as much calcium as a glass of milk. It’s also high in vitamin C and has good amounts of B1, B2, B3, B6, amino acids, potassium (6x the amount of bananas), manganese, fiber, iron, and magnesium. See, I wasn’t using the term superfruit lightly, was I?
The pulp is also a prebiotic that enhances healthy bacteria flora in your intestine—giving you health benefits that range from better digestion to a boosted immune system. It has even been touted to be a better and stronger antioxidant than goji berries!
You are probably wondering how it tastes! Really good. Baobab is very creamy with a lemon citrus note to it. You can easily add this to yogurt, smoothies, desserts, ice cream, almond milk, or to anything else that could use a flavour boost.
Apparently there also a Baobab oil which is supposed to be great for your skin and hair. Has anyone out there used it? Or even seen it on the shelf? It’s rumoured to be very moisturizing, penetrating easily and protecting your skin from the sun. I’m going to have to keep an out for it when we start seeing the sun on a regular basis again.
So, here’s the run down on Baobab and Baobab-containing products. They’re are a super rich source of antioxidants. Baobab fruit may help to slow down the signs of aging and even help to protect against major illnesses, such as heart disease and cancer. Baobab is also used to help protect against inflammation-related conditions, stuff like type-2 diabetes, arthritis, and allergies.
I’m hoping to see more research on this amazing fruit as it becomes more commonplace in North America. I like everything I’m hearing so far. Have you already discovered Baobab? If so, what do you think of it?