Baobab & Diabetes: How Baobab Fruit Can Help Manage Your Blood Sugar
Diabetes is a common life-long health condition that affects almost 60 million people in Europe. According to the WHO, approximately 10.3% of men and 9.6% of women aged 25 years and over in the Europe region have diabetes – with as many as 50% of sufferers remaining undiagnosed. Worldwide, high blood glucose kills more than 3 million people a year.
Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. This is because your pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin, or not enough insulin, to help glucose enter your body’s cells – or the insulin that is produced does not work properly (Diabetes UK).
The prevalence of diabetes is increasing amongst all ages, mostly due to increases in weight and obesity, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. Maintaining a healthy diet is essential to preventing diabetes - and that's where baobab fruit can play a role.
The potential of baobab for blood sugar control
Baobab is an African fruit that dries on a branch producing a natural powder that is exceptionally rich in nutrients. It has a delicious sweet and citrussy flavour, perfect for mixing into yoghurt, fruit, cereals, porridge, smoothies and juices. And best of all? It is a natural way to help manage your blood sugar.
Baobab fruit is rich in soluble fibre (25%) and polyphenols, both of which are known to help reduce glycaemic response (the rate at which sugar is absorbed in the body).
Baobab & blood sugar: the evidence
In 2012, Aduna conducted the world's first pilot-level clinical trial on a baobab product, looking specifically at glycaemic response. In the trial, which was conducted by scientists at the Functional Food Centre of Oxford Brookes University, a milk drink containing 17.4g of Aduna Baobab Powder consumed by human participants resulted in a lower blood glucose response than a control drink which contained no baobab.
Commenting on these results, Dr Lisa Ryan from Oxford Brookes University said: 'these results considered alongside the results from other baobab related studies in our Centre are very encouraging and suggest that extracts from the baobab fruit may have a positive role to play in blood glucose control".
A year later in 2013, scientists at Oxford Brookes University carried out additional research into baobab and its potential to manage blood sugar. In this research, which was published in the scientific journal Nutrition, baobab was mixed into bread and water.
These baobab-infused foods were then given to healthy humans to consume, following which the rate of starch and sugar breakdown in the participants’ blood supply was measured. The study found that the added baobab significantly reduced the rate at which sugar was released into the blood supply post digestion.
More health benefits of baobab
As well as helping control blood glucose levels, soluble fibre supports blood cholesterol levels and heart health, helping you feel fuller for longer, reducing visceral fat and slowing down digestion.
On top of that, baobab is also extremely rich in vitamin C - gram per gram it contains 6x more than an orange - and it has more antioxidants than any other whole fruit. So adding baobab to your diet also helps support a strong immune system, energy release and healthy skin. Ready to try it yet?
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Aduna Baobab Powder is a 100% natural and organic fruit powder with no additives or preservatives. We simply harvest, de-seed and sieve!
Aduna Baobab Powder won a Great Taste Award in 2015 for its delicious sweet and citrussy flavour.
Try it mixed into smoothies or juices, shaken into your water bottle or sprinkled onto porridge, yoghurt, breakfast or wherever your imagination takes you!
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