Curb Calories with Carob

Posted by on Feb 12, 2013 in Herbal Profiles, Kerri Bailey | 0 comments

The Carob tree has been used for food and medicine by humans and animals in the Mediterranean countries for centuries.  Also known as St. John’s bread, Carob or Ceratonia siliqua, was thought to sustain the biblical figure John the Baptist as he prayed in the desert. Today, carob is widely used as a healthy chocolate substitute in baking products, cereals, snack bars, dairy products, beverages and as a binder in foods and cosmetics.  Unlike chocolate products, carob contains no caffeine or other psychoactive substances and is non-toxic to dogs.  Having less calories than chocolate Carob can be used with success in weight loss formulas.

Carob is very nutritious, containing antioxidants, protein, calcium and potassium. High in pectin, fiber and tannins carob is a great herbal choice for the relief of diarrhea in children & adults and may also be beneficial for lowering blood sugar and cholesterol. The phytoestrogens found in Carob are thought to have antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties helpful in fighting some oestrogen related cancers and useful for women during menopausal stages.     

Carob can be taken as a tea, capsules or extract. With its naturally sweet, pleasant taste, carob powder is a welcomed additive in yogurt or in smoothie recipes.  It is considered a safe herb with few interactions reported.  Always drink plenty of water when consuming carob.  

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