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What’s in a smoothie?

Today the term smoothie is used for a wide range of drinks containing virtually anything from dairy products to fermentable content, vegetables, fruit and spices. The original concept generally referred to fresh crushed or blended whole fruit with ice. Commercialised products may consist of mainly basic fruit juices, with a small amount of fruit added essentially for effect.

September 28, 2021

Baobab: an unusual win-win fruit

Baobab trees often take 100 years to produce their first fruit crop and therefore cannot simply be planted or cultivated. Importantly, there is increasing medical evidence of the beneficial health effects of baobab fruit, the pulp of which is naturally stored in powder form.

May 13, 2021

Why we need to know polyphenols

A wealth of research is accumulating showing multiple beneficial effects in a wide range of infectious, inflammatory, cancer and ageing processes, which appear to be more or less specific for subgroups of the at least 8000 types of polyphenols

September 11, 2020

Mangosteen: discover a delicious and beautiful Asian fruit

Mangosteens (Garcinia mangostana) are not easy to find in fruit markets outside of Southeast Asia. The origins of the tree are thought to be in the Molucca or Spice islands of Indonesia or Malaysia.

May 13, 2021