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Fonio

Product Pipeline

Over the last three years, we have built a sizable pipeline of delectable African superfood products that soon will be introduced to world consumers.

Our first product, Fonio - a succulent and gluten free nutrient-dense grain packed with protein, essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins addresses the needs of the US growing healthy food conscious consumers as well as those of the Sub Saharan African malnourished populations. Unique attributes of Fonio :

  • Delectable
  • Nutrient powerhouse (vegans, celiacs and diabetics friendly)
  • Quick cooking (8min)
  • Versatile (can be used as a side dish cold/hot, in bakery, soup or beverage)
  • Fastest maturing grain (6-8 weeks)
  • Drought tolerant- prime choice for climate -smart farming

Comparing the protein in Fonio with that for a whole egg in percentage terms highlights the value of this grain for vegans (for health benefits details click on Fonio Library and click on vitaminstuff.com).

  • Methionine 189%
  • Leucine 127%
  • Valine 90-100%
  • Tryptophan 90-100%
  • Phenylalanine 90-100%
  • Isoleucine 72%
  • Lysine 45%

Fonio Library


 

National Geographic dubbed Fonio "The world's most nutritious grain you've never heard of". Key attributes of Fonio;

  • Delectable
  • Nutrient powerhouse (gluten free, vegan, diabetic and celiac friendly)
  • Quick cooking(8mn)
  • Fastest maturing grain (6-8 weeks)
  • Versatile (can be used as a side dish cold/hot, in bakery, soup or beverage)
  • Drought tolerant-prime choice for climate-smart farming
Diagram

Nutrition Facts % Daily Value*
Serving Size 1/4 cup (50g)
Servings Per Container 9
Calories Per Serving 180
Calories from Fat 5
Total Fat 0.5g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 5mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars <1g  
Protein 4g  
Vitamin A 0%
Calcium 2%
Vitamin C 0%
Iron 6%
*Percent daily values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Nutrients in 100g of Fonio Compared with Other Grains
Serving Size 100g  Fonio Teff Amaranth Oats Quinoa Triticale Wheat, Durum
Calories (kcal)  463 367 371 379 367 335 340
Protein (g)  8.05 13.31 13.55 13.01 14.12 13.04 13.69
Total  Fat (g)  3.25 2.38 7.03 6.5 6.07 2.08 2.48
Total  Carbs (g)  79 73.14 65.24 69 64.16 72.13 71.13
Dietary Fiber (g)  5.85 8.08 6.63 10.1 7.06    
Sugar (g)   1.84 1.7 1      
VITAMINS              
Vitamin C (mg)     4.15 0   0 0
Thiamin (mg) 0.39 0.39 0.12 0.5 0.36 0.42 0.42
Riboflavin (mg) 0.07 0.27 0.2 0.2 0.32 0.13 0.12
Niacin (mg)   3.36 0.92 1.1 1.52 1.43 6.74
Panto. Acid (mg)   0.94 1.46 1.1 0.77 1.32 0.94
Vitamin B6 (mg)   0.48 0.59 0.1 0.49 0.14 0.42
Folate (mcg)     82.9 32 183.53 72.92 43.75
Vitamin 612 (mcg)   0 0 0 0 0 0
Vitamin A (IU)   8 2 0 14 0 0
Vitamin E (mg)   0.08 1.18 0.4 2.45 0.9  
Vitamin K (mcg)   1.87 0 2 0    
Minerals              
Calcium (mg)  180 180.31 169.59 52 47.06 37.5 33.33
Iron (mg) 8.48 7.63 7.61 4.3 4.56 2.56 3.52
Magnesium (mg)  460 184.46 248.7 138 197.65 129.17 143.75
Phosphorus (mg)  170 429.02 557.51 410 456.47 358.33 508.33
Potassium (mg)  140 426.94 507.77 362 562.35 331.25 431.25
Sodium (mg)  17 12.44 4.15 6 4.71 4.17 2.08
Zinc (mg)  3.6 3.63 2.86 3.6 3.11 3.46 4.17
Copper (mg)  2.5 0.81 0.52 0.4 0.59 0.46 0.55
Manganese (mg)  4.6 9.24 3.33 3.6 2.03 3.21 3.01
Selenium (mcg)   4.35 17.65 28.9 8.47   89.38
Fatty Acids              
Saturated Fat (g)   0.45 1.46 1.1. 0.71 0.37 0.45
Monoun Sat. Fat (g)   0.59 1.68 2 1.61 0.21 0.34
Polyunsat. Fat (g)   1.07 2.78 2.3 3.29 0.91 0.98

Comparison of Essential Amino Acids in Fonio with Other Grains

Amino Acid Content (g/100g of protein)

Fonio High Quality African Maize Wheat Rye Barley Triticale
Threonine 0.37 0.34 0.27 0.34 0.33 0.39
Cystine  0.25 0.26 0.26 0.29 0.29  
Valine  0.55 0.48 0.37 0.44 0.46 0.93
Methionine  0.45 0.15 0.13 0.17 0.17 0.4
Isoleucine  0.4 0.3 0.36 0.36 0.36 0.76
Leucine 1.05 0.88 0.67 0.67 0.72 1
Phenyalanine  0.57 0.39 0.51 0.49 0.55 0.85
Lysine  0.25 0.36 0.67 0.67 0.72 0.57
Tryptophan  1.6 0.1 0.11 0.18 0.2  
Tyrosine  0.35 0.26 0.21 0.27  


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