Not all tummy bugs are bad. In fact, the bacteria that make up our intestinal microbiome are critical to our overall health. In this episode, Gus (the African Plant Hunter) explores the role of baobab in promoting a healthy microbiome. He shares the story of the Hadza, a hunter gatherer society in Tanzania, whose intestinal microbiome is 20% more diverse than that of an average Westerner. And baobab is one of the foods they eat most regularly. This supports other research that demonstrates the prebiotic effect of the fibre in baobab, creating a favourable environment for the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.
In addition to his plant-hunting activities, Gus also runs a baobab-producing business in Zimbabwe (www.bayoba.biz), and is the current Chair of the African Baobab Alliance (www.africanbaobaballiance.org).