Superfruit information

NUTRITION

The Afya team believes Baobab is the superfood of superfoods! Afya Baobab Superfruit Powder has:

  • over five times the vitamin C of an orange*
  • four times the potassium of bananas
  • the highest antioxidant content of all whole fruit
  • …and it’s one-quarter prebiotic fibre!

And it tastes amazing! Put it in your yoghurt, smoothie, porridge or get even more creative!

Let’s compare Baobab to some of our nation’s favourites. Oranges are famous for having plenty of vitamin C, and bananas are known for their potassium boosting fruit. Below shows the levels of some important vitamins and minerals found in bananas and oranges, and how they compare to the mighty Baobab.

  • Vitamin C (per 100g)
  • Vitamin B1 (per kg)
  • Calcium (per 100g)
  • Potassium (per 10g)

Afya Baobab Superfruit Powder 100g

£4.99

Afya Baobab Superfruit Powder 200g

£8.99

Afya Baobab Superfruit Powder 300g

£11.99

But how does Baobab compare to other superfoods? We’ve compared it to two of the most popular superfoods, famous for their antioxidant capabilities: Goji and Acai berries.

  • Antioxidant (ORAC value μ mol TE/100g)

Afya Baobab Superfruit Powder 100g

£4.99

Afya Baobab Superfruit Powder 200g

£8.99

Afya Baobab Superfruit Powder 300g

£11.99

 

WHAT’S IN BAOBAB

 

Over three quarters of the British population do not receive enough fibre through our diets alone. Getting enough fibre, although it may sound boring, is an incredibly important part of our diet. According to the NHS, eating plenty of fibre is associated with a lower risk of bowel cancer, type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

Afya Baobab Superfruit powder per 100g, contains 50.7g; that’s over half of the powder is fibre. This is made up of two types of fibre; non-digestible fibre and prebiotic fibre. Non-digestible fibre is not broken down by our digestive system and both helps you feel fuller for longer and to move food through our digestive tract. Prebiotic fibre is fermented in our digestive system and helps to top-up our guts beneficial bacteria.

Did you know that the main source of Vitamin C for the British population is potatoes? Either we eat too many chips or not enough fruit and veg!

Vitamin C not only helps us to feel and look healthy, but there’s now evidence to show that it can reduce the length and symptoms of the common cold. Vitamin C is essential for:

  • Absorption of iron from vegetable sources
  • Formation of collagen which keeps our skin and hair healthy
  • A boost to the immune system
  • A powerful antioxidant which helps prevent aging of the skin
  • Feel good factor – a boost in energy and reduced fatigue

Two teaspoons of Afya Baobab Fruit Powder provides around a third of your daily requirement for Vitamin C.

It’s good to know that you could stir this into your morning yogurt or breakfast cereal!

The job of an antioxidant is to prevent oxidative stress by neutralising free radicals and prevent them from damaging or ‘aging’ our cells. Getting plenty of antioxidants in your diet will help your body fight oxidative skin damage which can cause wrinkles and a leathery appearance from damaged collagen; one of the building blocks of skin tissue.

The ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) score is the scoring or measurement of a foods antioxidant content. In 2011, Baobab set a new record when tested for antioxidant content, in comparison to all other fruits, including super-fruits.

THE TREE

There are nine species of the mighty Baobab tree, eight of which can be found across the African continent. Among the tree world, the Baobab is one of the largest with a record diameter of 15.9 meters, that’s over the length of a double-decker bus, and reaching heights of over 30 meters. This size isn’t just for show though, as the large trunk acts as a vast storage tank of up to 120,000 litres of water to enable the tree to produce some of the most nutrient dense pods in the world during the dryer seasons. Baobab trees are also some of the oldest trees on our planet, with one specimen carbon dated to be older than 6000 years.

 

THE PODS

Baobab pods are small coconut-like pods with a hard outer shell covered in a velvety fur. The average pod is around 1.5 kilograms in weight and 6-8 inches long. Baobab pods are the only fruit pod that dries naturally on the branch, ready to harvest and process. Inside the shell are small stone-like seeds covered in the dried fruit pulp.

The pods have been harvested by both animals and man, and for millennia have provided essential vitamins and minerals during periods of drought. The Baobab fruit in some parts of Africa is also known as ‘Monkey Bread’ as it’s a staple in the diet of local monkeys.

 

THE TREE OF LIFE

The Baobab tree, also aptly named ‘’the Tree of Life’’, manages to thrive in inhospitable areas where not even grass or small bushes are found. In addition to providing nutritious fruit, the tree also offers sustenance from its leaves and flowers to many herbivores, while its vast trunk provides shade and protection from the weather and other hazards of the plains. The nook and crevice bearing trunks are also home to a variety of nesting birds; ground hornbills and mottled spinetails, both of which are of conservation concern in other African countries, and barn owls and weaver birds. The hollowed trunks provide a base for reptiles, a plethora of insects and fruit bats which both help to pollinate the trees.