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Baobab Fruit Pulp for Digestive Wellness UPDATED

Posted by David Goldman

Sep 14, 2011 1:38:00 PM

Nutritious pulp of the Baobab FruitGet ready, Folks!  I'm going to deliver the goods about why Baobab Fruit Pulp is truly SUPERIOR AMONG SUPERFRUITS!!

In previous posts, I've explained that Baobab has a greater antioxidant capacity (ORAC = 650/gram) and more Vitamin C than better known superfruits such as Aςai and Goji, as well as good mineral content (calcium, potassium).  This is truly wonderful news, but better still is Baobab's capacity to better deliver these nutrients to the body due to its digestive benefits!

Many Americans' diets do not contain sufficient fiber and lead to poor digestion and  digestive ailments.  As much as 2/3 of the population suffers from one or more of these ailments, such as heartburn, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and ulcers.   When beneficial intestinal microflora thrive in the gut, these ailments can be mitigated or eliminated.  These beneficial bacteria, such as Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and bifidobacteria are the most common types of beneficial microflora which are considered PROBIOTIC. Yogurt is perhaps the best known probiotic food, and has a special relationship with Baobab which I'll explain shortly.

PREBIOTICS are non-digestible carbohydrates ( soluble fiber) which ferment in the gut and stimulate the growth and activity of the beneficial PROBIOTIC bacteria in the colon that improve digestive health.  Insoluble fiber (roughage) is  metabolically inert, absorbing water as it moves through the digestive system, aiding digestion by adding bulk and regulating elimination,  Thus, a fiber-rich diet confers benefits upon host well-being and health.

Baobab Fruit Pulp is nearly half fiber; equally divided between soluble and insoluble fiber!!

The soluble fiber in Baobab Fruit Pulp is in the form of pectin.  In the digestive tract, it ferments and creates an environment conducive to thriving probiotic micro-organisms.  In a healthy gut where beneficial flora trive, mineral and vitamin absorption are enhanced.  The slowing of digestion by the insoluble fiber also increases the time that nutrition may be absorbed.  SO, Baobab's excellent vitamin and mineral content is rendered all the more effective due to these digestive benefits! NO OTHER SUPERFRUIT OFFERS THESE ADDED DIGESTIVE BENEFITS TO THIS DEGREE.

SYMBIOSIS

If you remember from my prior post on Baobab recipes, mixing Baobab with yogurt is especially delicious.  Yogurt is a rich source of healthy probiotics (Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus and Streptococcus salivarius subsp. thermophilus bacteria. Lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus casei), and these beneficial organisms' effects can be enhanced by virtue of the hospitable intestinal conditions created by the prebiotic pectin in Baobab Fruit Pulp.  This symbiosis further intensifies Baobab's superior nutrition!!

If you want to improve your digestion and benefit from Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, including Baobab Fruit Pulp into your daily dietary regime may truly be a boon to your health!


Topics: digestion, baobab, wellness, health, digestive, pre-biotics, orac, superfruit, pre-biotic

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Dave_GoldmanFounder and President, David B. Goldman (B.A., M.A.) served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Benin from 1992-1994. He is a twice certified Permaculture Designer. His graduate studies focused on sustainable development and Africa, earning him an M.A. in Environment and Community from Antioch University Seattle in 2007. A subsequent visit to Benin, specifically to Boukombé, solidified his commitment and capacity to co-create with local participants a novel and community driven strategy for economic and social empowerment. This is Atacora Essential!