Known as “The Tree of Life” to many Africans, Baobab is becoming the emerging leader in the Superfruit industry because of its many health benefits. This massive tree can grow up to 20 meters tall and about 15 meters wide. It can store thousands of liters of water, and when tapped during the dry months, it can offer clean usable water to the community.
Every part of the Baobab tree offers many uses.Traditionally, the cork-like bark is fire resistant and is used for cloth or rope, the leaves and fruit are traditionally used in herbal remedies and in cooking, and the hollowed trunks become shelter for both people and animals. African’s have known of Baobab’s many benefits, and have been traditionally using and honoring the Baobab tree for centuries.
Baobab Fruit Pulp on the Rise
Baobab Fruit Pulp is becoming the emerging leader in the superfruit industry because it is high in Vitamin C, has prebiotic soluble fiber and insoluble fiber for digestive health, the highest per serving antioxidant capacity of any superfruit: ORAC= 650/gram, or 7150 units per serving, and is raw and gluten-free. Baobab is also an excellent source of calcium and potassium and has a delicious sweet, tart flavor.
High in Antioxidant and Vitamin C
Baobab Fruit Pulp is very rich in Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that has been linked to lowering blood pressure, bolstering immunity, and less incidence of cataracts and coronary disease.
Lab tests on Atacora’s Baobab Superfruit Powder indicate that it contains 460 mg per 100 g of Vitamin C. A single servingof Atacora’s Baobab Superfruit Powder provides as much as 80% of daily value of this essential nutrient.
As cited in African Journal of Food Science, Baobab’s Integral Antioxidant Capacity is 37X that of oranges! Antioxidants can help to eliminate free radicals that can contribute to cancer, aging, inflammation and cardio-vascular disease.
A Prebiotic Superfood
As stated in Prebiotic Suppliment Health, Prebiotics are food ingredients, mostly complex carbohydrates that are not digested, that stimulate the growth or activity of certain bacteria in the colon. The types of bacteria most often stimulated are bifidobacteria and lactic acid bacteria. These are considered good bacteria and can provide various health benefits. In addition to colon health, they can improve the immune system and reduce the incidence of allergies.
The soluble fiber in Baobab Superfruit Powder stimulates the growth of beneficial probiotic bacteria including lactobacilli and bifidobacteria in the digestive tract. This can foster a SYN-BIOTIC digestive effect.
Prebiotics just started getting medical attention in 1995 and a great deal of research has since been done. In October 2011, The Washington Post published an amazing article by Rob Stein on a summary of research that has been done. This article is quite fascinating and has loads of information in describing the benefits of prebiotics and the difference between prebiotics and probiotics.
Raw and Gluten Free
Baobab Superfruit Powder is made from the fruit pulp that surounds the baobab seed. It is never cooked or processed, making it 100% raw and gluten free. Because of this, and its natural ability to thicken, Baobab is perfect for everyday cooking. It adds many nutrients to any dish and a fantastic flavor, all the while keeping it gluten free.
Because of all of these benefits, major companies are beginning to formulate with Baobab and many people are integrating the raw baobab fruit pulp into their daily smoothies and baked goods for optimal health. Below is a comparison chart, showing the nutrient content of baobab fruit pulp compared with other foods.
How to Use Baobab
Baobab fruit pulp has been traditionally used for centuries in herbal remedies, as well as in home cooking and baking. With Baobab products on the rise, you will now start seeing it as an ingredient in drink mixes, chocolate bars, and baked good mixes. People love using it as an ingredient because of its nutrient value and its ability to thicken and hold other ingredients together.
Atacora’s raw Baobab Superfruit Powder can be used daily, and is great mixed in water, perfect in smoothies, and is great to cook or bake with. With the nutrient content of Baobab being so high, it’s fantastic flavor, and its many uses, it is very easy for Baobab fruit pulp to become a staple in anyone’s kitchen.
Why Atacora Baobab?
WE ARE THE DIRECT PRODUCER AND SUPPLIERS OF BAOBAB SUPERFRUIT POWDER, BRINGING A SUPERIOR PRODUCT FROM THE TREES OF AFRICA TO OUR CUSTOMERS WITH NO MIDDLE MAN! THE PROCEEDS FROM OUR PURCHASE OF WHOLE BAOAB FRUIT, AND THE WAGES EARNED BY OUR FAIR PARTNERSHIP WOMEN’S CO-OP GO DIRECTLY TO RURAL AFRICAN HOUSEHOLDS, PROVIDING BETTER ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE AND GIRLS’ AND BOYS’ EDUCATION.
Atacora is a value-base company that works in Fair Partnership with our 32 women co-op in Benin, West Africa. We hand process the finest Baobab powder from baobab fruit that we buy directly from the tree growers. We offer both the tree growers and the ladies in the co-op livable wages and prices. By doing this, Atacora is revaluing indigenous resources and helping build a vibrant, sustainable economy in the rural villages where we work.
It is our personal mission to sustainably promote social justice, women’s empowerment, and environmental stewardship in the Atacora Region of Northern Benin, by providing customers with pure and tested products.