What is Carob?
Carob is actually a member of the pea family and has been used in Mediterranean countries for centuries due to its many health benefits. Prior to sugar becoming widely-available, Carob was an important source of sugar and is still used as an alternative to cocoa and chocolate. Carob is also used as a thickener for many products such as ice cream, salad dressing and bakery products.
Carob health benefits
Carob contains Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin D, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, manganese, fiber, antioxidants and protein. Carob is very low in fat and can help stabilize blood sugar levels as well as being good for your gums, teeth and bones.
Carob – A Natural Antibiotic
Carob contains high levels of tannin’s which produce strong anti-viral properties and can be used as a natural antibiotic for some bacteria-induced diseases, such as diarrhea and food-poisoning.
Carob has also been used to treat children suffering with polio due to the amount of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. Carob can also be very effective in the treatment of asthma or asthma problems caused by allergies. It is beneficial to help regulate the digestion process, while serving as a natural anti-allergic, antiseptic, and anti-bacterial agent. Also available as a syrup, carob syrup helps to sooth sore throats and coughs.
Additional health benefits of Carob is that it contains fiber that can naturally help to regulate blood glucose levels, which is very beneficial for people with diabetes. Its insoluble dietary fibers, helps water bind in the digestive tract, which improves the health of the intestinal tract and help maintain healthy levels of blood glucose.
Another beneficial aspect of Carob is its ability to naturally lower cholesterol levels. People who suffer from high cholesterol levels are also at risk of heart disease. Carobs natural high levels of lignin and polyphenols, both of which are powerful antioxidants, work by binding to stomach acids and cholesterol which help them pass through the body.
- An alkaline food
- Low in fat (contains less fat than cocoa)
- Good for your gums, teeth, and bones
- Able to help lower cholesterol levels
- Helps to stabilize your blood sugar levels
- Free from harmful stimulants such as theobromine or caffeine