Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Minvita Baobab Superfruit Powder

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In ancient times, the powerful and wealthy always seek the secret to forever youth, or even immortality.  We all know that that there is no such thing as immortality (well, alright. For now at least), but we know for sure now that the secret to an extended youth is antioxidants. In the past few years, the word antioxidants has appeared more and more frequently. Dark chocolate, broccolli, blueberries and goji berries, all contain a high amount of antioxidants, according to the scientists. But what if you can't get enough of the superfood that provides you all the antioxidants you need?

In 2008, the European Union has authorised the use of a fruit called Baobab fruit, which is mainly from Madagascar where African people have been consuming the fruit for thousands of years, as a safe ingredient in food products. According to different sources, Baobab fruit has more antioxidants than goji berries and 6 times more than blueberries, as well as 6 times more vitamin C than oranges, 6 times more potassium than bananas, twice as much calcium than milk, more iron than red meat and more dietary fibre than other fruits including apples, peaches, apricots and bananas.

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There is no way I can prove this, just as I can't prove whether all the other superfood are as good as stated. But since it's been approved by both the EU and it's been filed by the USA a GRAS (Generally Recognised As Safe) status in 2009, I assume that Baobab fruit is another superfood that is safe to consume.

Minvita has kindly offered me a tub of their Baobab Fruit Powder to try, and as I was curious about the description by them and others - citrus, tangy, and Pepsi Japan has created a limited edition Baobab Pepsi as well, I gladly accepted their offer.

The first thing I did was dipping my finger in the powder and tried it out without anything else. It was some kind of a citrus taste alright, but there was a starchiness that came with it as well that I wasn't keen of.

Then, without thinking too much, since there was a Baobab Pepsi before, I added a small spoon of Baobab powder into my glass of Pepsi. The result was eye popping as my Pepsi fizzed up like it's been shaken really well in the can. Good that I only half filled my glass or it would have been a disaster! I tried it out anyway and it tasted like Pepsi without the fizz.

I wasn't certain what else to do as I've never added supplements to my food and drink before. The lovely PR told me that she has been making Baobab flapjacks by adding 2 dessert spoons of fruit powder to it, as well as smoothies.

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Flapjacks certainly sounded like a great idea, and since I've never made them before (yes, I know) it would be a great experiment.

The recipe I took from the Internet gave me a fairly dry flapjack (they said the recipe was for the perfect flapjacks. They even provided all the tips on what the key is to make fab flapjacks...), and the temperature and timing wasn't right either so my chocolate flapjacks were  quite  a bit burned. The not so burned bits were tasty, though I couldn't taste the Baobab fruit powder. I suppose that's the whole point for adding supplements to smoothie, juice and baking, so that you can still get all the goodness without affecting the taste of your food.

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I've also added half a teaspoon of Baobab powder into my freshly brewed Golden Kiwi Fruit Enzyme. It made the drink more murky than before, which reminded me that I've just added calcium to my drink. The drink was delicious, and has a hint of Pomelo from the Baobab fruit.

After the above experiments, I'm more certain about adding the powder to my food and drinks. As I said, the health benefits can't be proven by me, but it's 100% natural and it doesn't taste horrible. And if it really is as good as it says, then it's great to know that I've added some goodness into my diet.

You can now buy the Baobab Fruit Powder from Minvita's website (the bold blue link above) or Hollands & Barrett stores for £14.69. 

Disclosure: I was sent a tub of Baobab fruit powder to try; all opinions are honest and my own