Diabetes sufferers have to ensure they properly manage their blood sugar.
If they don’t, it could lead to cardiovascular disease, kidney damage and even amputation.
However, eating a particular ‘superfood’ powder could help prevent this.
Research by Oxford Brookes University showed that the baobab – an African fruit – could help manage blood sugar levels.
In the study researchers found that baobab powder, which could be added to smoothies or smoothie bowls, helps prevent blood sugar spikes.
The benefits are thought to be due to the fruit’s high fibre and polyphenol content.
The study findings were revealed in Channel 4’s ‘Superfoods: The Real Story’, which was broadcast last week.
Since then sales of one type, Aduna Baobab Powder, have soared by 1,300 per cent.
Dr Shelly Coe, from Oxford Brookes University, said: “We have carried out a number of studies on baobab fruit at our Centre and the results have consistently demonstrated that baobab can have a stabilising effect on blood glucose.
“Baobab is rich in fibre which can slow down the rise in blood glucose, helping prevent sugar spikes.
“It is also high in polyphenols which have been shown to effect the release of sugars from carbohydrates into the blood stream, reducing their conversion into glucose.
“Our studies have shown that along with a good diet and exercise, consuming baobab could help regulate your blood sugar – which is particularly good news for those with Type 2 Diabetes.”
Diabetes symptoms affect 40.5 million people in the UK, and one person every two minutes is diagnosed with type 2.
The condition costs the NHS an estimated £14 billion a year.
Baobab fruit has been consumed in Africa for centuries.
“It is unusual in that it dries on the branch, producing a natural and organic fruit powder that has six times the vitamin C of an orange, is 50 per cent fibre, is high in polyphenols and has more antioxidants than any whole fruit,” said Andrew Hunt, Aduna MD and co-founder.