October 28, 2014

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Baobab, Fiber and Weight Loss - What Do We Know?

You know what everyone wants?  A magic weight loss supplement that makes pounds just disappear off your body.

You know what does NOT exist?  A magic weight loss supplement that makes pounds just disappear off your body.

Who doesn't like magic?  Who doesn't have a few pounds to lose?  So I guess it only makes sense that we are constantly bombarded with ads about magic weight loss supplements.  The problem is, losing weight does involve work and there is no one solution that works for everybody.  Need proof of that?  Just head to your bookstore and look at the endless selection of diet books.

Fiber, Baobab and Weight Loss

One of the questions we frequently receive about our Organic Limitless Baobab Fruit Powder is - Will it help me lose weight?  The answer is yes....and no...and maybe!  While Baobab Fruit is not a magic weight loss supplement, it does contain a large amount of soluble fiber and that can be a huge help with weight loss.

We have been trying to explain why soluble Fiber is so important for weight loss, but Authority Nutrition just did a better job.  We strongly urge you to jump over to Authority Nutrition and read this great piece of Fiber and Weight Loss.

Soluble Fiber and Pectin Content Are Important

While you really should read the whole article, we will highlight a few key takeaways and how they relate to the Baobab Fruit.  All quotes below are from, Authority Nutrition, Fiber Can Help You Lose Weight, But Only a Specific Type

"Put simply, fiber refers to carbohydrates that cannot be digested by humans.  They are classified as either soluble or insoluble, depending on whether they dissolve in liquids. Insoluble fibers function mostly as “bulking” agents and are not very interesting. However… soluble fiber can have powerful effects on health and metabolism."


Our Limitless Baobab Fruit Powder is 50% fiber, with 66% of the fiber being soluble fiber.

"This is where fiber (mostly soluble) steps in… it passes through the digestive system mostly unchanged, eventually reaching the friendly bacteria in the intestine who end up digesting the fiber and turning it into usable energy. Nourishing the friendly bacteria in the intestine is known as a prebiotic effect, and is believed to be very beneficial for health and body weight."

Then they start talking about pectins and weight loss and things get interesting...

"A recent review of 44 studies found that while 39% of fiber treatments increased satiety, only 22% actually reduced food intake.

If we break it down further, it seems that the more viscous a fiber is, the better it is at reducing appetite and food intake. Put simply, the viscosity of a substance refers to its resistance to stress – as in, the “thickness” of a liquid. For example, honey is much more viscous than water.

Viscous soluble fibers such as pectins, β-glucans, psyllium, glucomannan and guar gum all thicken in water, forming a gel-like substance that “sits” in the gut.

This gel slows down the emptying of the stomach and increases the time it takes to digest and absorb nutrients. The end result is a prolonged feeling of fullness and a significantly reduced appetite."

Baobab Fruit has one of the highest Pectin levels of any fruit.  Baobab Fruit is about 56% Pectin by weight.  Apples, considers a high pectin fruit contain about 1% by weight.

Great, So I Will See The Pounds Fly Off With Baobab? 

Nope - remember, no miracles here.  As the Authority Nutrition article points out, even eating a diet high in soluble fiber with a high pectin count is no guarantee for weight loss.  The reason we are so excited about the Baobab Fruit is because it has a whole host of health benefits (read here) and if you happen to also lose some weight with it - awesome!

Baobab Powder Gives You Fiber, Plus Everything Else

One more great quote from the article -

"But in the real world, it’s the synergy of all the nutrients in foods that provides the most benefits, consuming isolated nutrients will never have the same effects. For this reason, getting your fiber from whole plant foods is best."

We couldn't have said it better ourselves.  Our Limitless Baobab Powder is 100% Organic Baobab Fruit, with nothing added and nothing removed.  You are getting everything that is in the Baobab Fruit pulp - the fiber, the antioxidants, the vitamins and so much more.  Many fiber supplements are made from extracts and all you are left with is a certain amount of fiber.  When you take the Limitless Baobab Powder you get all that healthy fiber...plus everything else Mother Nature has packed into the Baobab Fruit!


Dan Nessel
Dan Nessel