You may have heard about the Baobab tree, also known by its scientific name
Rich in vitamins and minerals
The pulp of the baobab fruit which has a tart, citrus flavor, contains high amounts of vitamin C, vitamin B6, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and calcium. Baobab fruit is also rich in antioxidants, iron, polyphenols, and zinc. The seeds also have all these nutrients and are mostly found in a dried powdered form. 20 grams of baobab powder gives you 50 calories, 9 grams of fiber, 58% vitamin C (RDI), and 9% of other nutrients (magnesium, potassium, and iron).
Improves digestive health
Baobab is a good source of dietary fiber, the baobab powder is almost 50% fiber, which is great for the digestive system. Consuming baobab fruit helps in digestion, eases constipation, improves gut bacteria, and builds immunity. Therefore, consuming it can decrease the risk of constipation, stomach and intestinal ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, etc.
Helps in weight loss
Baobab fruit has a lower level of carbs and fats, so if you want to lose some extra pounds you can try including them in your diet. Moreover, the high fiber content makes the stomach feel full and promotes fewer cravings. The high vitamin contents in this fruit also help maintain healthy skin, hair, and body, while antioxidants keep harmful free-radicals at bay.
Balances blood sugar level
The high fiber content in baobab fruit helps to slow down the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, which provides balance in sugar levels and controls it. A small study found out by baking white bread with baobab powder reduced the amount of insulin needed to transfer the sugar from the blood to tissues.
Helps reduce inflammation
The antioxidants and polyphenol compounds contained in baobab fruit protect your cells from oxidative damage and reduce inflammation. Some research has found out that it has effectively reduced chronic inflammation that could cause diabetes, heart diseases, and cancer; the pulp of baobab fruit helped protect the heart tissues from damage.
Some minor side effects can occur in certain people, otherwise, baobab is considered safe to consume. The few research still lacks valuable information about this fruit such as for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, since it contains some antinutrients and harmful fatty acids which can be a concern for them.