Carob: healthy alternative to replace chocolate

Carob, the fruit of a plant called carob, has a brown color and a sweet taste very similar to pure cocoa, the primary resource used for the manufacture of chocolate.

Thus, it has been used to replace or complement cocoa in the manufacture of chocolates and other products based on it.

Thinking about it, in this text Minuto Healthy will inform what are the nutrients and advantages of this fruit that has become increasingly popular. Check out

What is carob used for?

Carob flour or powder is a more nutritious option to replace cocoa.

Carob is a fruit that comes from a plant native to the Mediterranean, the carob tree ( Ceratonia siliqua), and which has a similar appearance to that of a pod. The seeds taken from inside this fruit, when crushed, generate a sweet powder rich in nutrients, which can be included in different recipes.

Due to the equality with cocoa powder, this product formed from ground carob has become a healthy item that can be used in place of cocoa.

But this is not because cocoa is harmful to health, but because it is more bitter. In general, a high amount of sugar is added to the recipes to compensate for this bitter taste and to make the food pleasant to the taste of those who appreciate chocolate recipes.

Therefore, using carob powder (naturally sweetened) avoids the consumption of sweets with a lot of sugar and, consequently, of diseases associated with the excess of it in the body.

However, moderation is necessary, since locust bean powder (or any other form of presentation) is not without sugar molecules, which although they are healthier than refined sugar, at high rates in the blood can cause complications.

Advantages of consuming

Carob powder offers many advantages for those who choose to include it in their routine when preparing recipes. The most important are:

  • It has antioxidant potential: the presence of polyphenols such as tannins, flavonoids and gallic acid in carob, are important to prevent the action of radicals and regenerate damaged cells, contributing to the maintenance of health;
  • It does not contain lactose or gluten: carob can be consumed both by celiacs, as it does not contain gluten, and by allergic and lactose intolerant;
  • Fiber source: in about 100g of locust bean powder, there are 5g of fiber, essential nutrients that help to regulate the intestine and prevent constipation;
  • It has antidiarrheal action: carob has natural compounds called tannins, which are essential so that the intestine is not harmed by bad bacteria, helping to eliminate them from the region and, consequently, the imbalance that leads to diarrhea. In addition, the tannins help in the consistency of the fecal cake;
  • It is good for the skin: because it is rich in vitamins, especially vitamin A and C, carob stimulates the production of collagen, helping for a firmer and healthier skin;
  • Well-functioning cardiovascular system: consuming locust beans increases good fat rates in the body, being a great way to reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) in the blood and prevent cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke and heart attack;
  • Great option for diabetics: locust bean flour or powder has around 0.7% fat and natural sugars such as sucrose, glucose and fructose, and also has a low glycemic index, being excellent for people with diabetes.

What is locust bean chocolate?

Any treat prepared with cocoa, you can exchange it for carob chocolate.

Refers to chocolates, bars, Easter eggs, cake, among other recipes that instead of using chocolate or cocoa powder in the composition, use the powder made from crushed carob seeds, which contains few calories and has a higher amount of fiber and carbohydrates when compared to cocoa.

Due to these benefits, many products classified as fitness or diet include the powder of this fruit in the formulation:

  • Carob biO2 protein ;
  • Laví Tea Soluble Tea ;
  • Protein Bar biO2 Protein peanut and carob paste .

In addition, carob has stimulating substances, such as caffeine, theobromine and phenylethylamine, which is present in cocoa. Therefore, those who are sensitive to these substances can choose to consume products made with the fruit and avoid symptoms such as cramps and migraines.

Nutritional table

For those who want to know the amount of nutrients present in 100g of carob powder (or flour), see the table below:

Calories 368
Carbohydrates 85.6 g
Proteins 3.2 g
Fats 0.3 g
Fibers 5 g
Vitamin A 1 mcg
Vitamin B1 0.05 mg
Vitamin B2 0.46 mg
Vitamin B6 0.37 mg
Vitamin B3 1.3 mg
Folic acid 29 mcg
Vitamin B9 29 mcg
Potassium 830 mg
Calcium 350 mg
Magnesium 54 mg
Iron 3 mg

Depending on the product’s manufacturing process, nutritional information may vary. Therefore, it is always important to consult the packaging.

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