Forests, tree foods better option in fight against malnutrition and poverty
Tuesday May 12 2015
Fruit-bearing trees like mangoes, avocados, oranges provide additional food, timber and firewood. PHOTO | FILE
Tree foods are often rich sources of vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and other nutrients.
“Edible leaves of wild African trees such as baobab and tamarind are high in calcium and are sources of protein and iron. Consumption of only 10 to 20 grammes of baobab fruit pulp (or a glass of its juice), for example, covers a child’s daily vitamin C requirement,” said the report. “The iron contents of dried seeds of the African locust bean and raw cashew nut are comparable with, or even higher than, that of chicken meat.”
However the nutritional content of countless other fruits and vegetables remain unknown because they have yet to be quantified.