Nutrition experts agree that consuming a variety of fruits and vegetables on a regular basis has a direct positive correlation with a full range of health benefits. At STAMBA, we concur that eating organic (when possible) whole foods from Nature is the foundation of good health. Yet, when it comes to supplementing your daily diet, are there occasions when a powdered form of a whole food is superior to what is eaten as harvested?
To answer this question, let us journey to Thailand…
Mangosteen is a fruit that is prized worldwide. Native to Southeast Asia, the fleshy white mesocarp of mangosteen has an exquisite taste and texture with citrus and berry notes and a silky smooth consistency (you must try it if you haven’t already!). Mangosteen is also the source of a great deal of research for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The latter has led to a very appropriate designation of mangosteen as a superfood.
Now, throughout Thailand where mangosteen is grown abundantly, the exocarp or rind of the mangosteen fruit is discarded in mass quantities daily. This phenomenon seems logical (we have all similarly sent banana and orange peels to the same fate), yet the rind of the mangosteen is where the deep purple pigment indicates the presence of a potent group of antioxidants, named xanthones. Studies are illustrating that these xanthones are effective in fighting the damaging effects of free radicals, as well as reducing inflammation in the body. Traditional medicinal uses of mangosteen have been for addressing a variety of ailments from allergies to urinary tract infections.
Millions of people enjoy the fleshy fruit of mangosteen daily, yet none of them are benefitting from the valuable components that lie within its uneaten rinds. In a fresh-dried powdered form, the entirety of the mangosteen is consumable and the valuable health benefits it may confer are accessed.
The story of mangosteen illustrates the first of multiple benefits to consuming organic, whole foods in powdered form: