Food & Diet

6 African Superfoods Healthier than Everything We Know and Eat

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Even though many Africans suffer from malnutrition, Africa has many superfoods packed with nutrients that give you lots of energy and provide numerous health benefits.

Here are the African superfoods that are way healthier than everything we know and eat!

1. Teff

This is a fine grain that commonly grows in Ethiopia and Eritrea and is very nutritious. It has higher levels of calcium than all other grains (one cup contains 123mg), but it is also very rich in protein, iron and vitamin C, which is very untypical of grains.

In 2006, the Ethiopian government has banned the export of teff into other countries. Possibly because they noticed how popularizing superfoods globally can backfire, like in the example of Peru and Bolivia who can’t afford to buy their own product anymore.

2. Moringa

Moringa doesn’t taste nice, but it is extremely nutritious. It grows in Africa and South Asia and all of the parts of the moringa tree can be eaten and provide great nutritional benefits.

The leaves can be eaten fresh or ground into powder after drying. Packed with protein, iron, calcium and vitamins A and C, it contains more of these nutrients than any food in America.

Moringa is now commonly used to treat malnutrition in Africa and it can be eaten by anyone, from infants to breastfeeding mothers.


3. Baobab Fruit

Growing in eastern and southern savannahs of Africa, this fruit is a lifesaver for animals, humans and insects. It doesn’t need much water to stay alive, so the dry savannah can’t hurt it. It is packed with antioxidants, fiber (it contains 10 times more fiber than apples), magnesium, iron and potassium – all powerful nutrients that our bodies need in order to function properly.

If you visit West Africa, you will have the opportunity to buy baobab in the form of powder (from its leaves) in markets and you can mix it in with juices and smoothies.

4. Tamarind

Tamarind originates from tropical Africa and it is most popularly used for making juice. It tastes sweet and sour and it’s packed with antioxidants as well as minerals and vitamins. Its pulp is also full of dietary fiber, and only 100 grams of pulp gives you 13% of your daily fiber requirements.

Tamarind is also very good for bringing you back to balance having to do with electrolytes when you are dehydrated, which also makes it a great hangover remedy.

5. Kenkiliba

Kenkiliba commonly grows in the Sahel region, in Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Guinea and Gambia. Its leaves are used to make tea infusions that are believed to have extremely beneficial properties and help with numerous conditions and diseases.

In West Africa, kenkiliba is drunk in the form of a milky tea which aids digestion. This plant is packed with antioxidants and it improves overall health.

6. Hibiscus

This plant is most popular in North Africa (especially in Egypt and Sudan) where they toast with hibiscus tea at wedding celebrations. Hibiscus flowers are steeped in hot water to make this beautiful tea rich in antioxidants, minerals and vitamin C. When it’s served cold it has a somewhat sour taste, while served hot it loses that characteristic.