We are talking about carob tree, plant very similar to chocolate. Carob tree is much healthier than chocolate and is often added in various cookie recipes and is used in vegetarian cuisine too. Carob tree also positively affects the digestive organs. It is known for being very easy to grow because it does not require special conditions, and gives pretty of fruits, which have many positive properties which can be used to treat certain diseases.
Carob tree contains lots of minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. When it comes to vitamins, this tree contains B6, folic acid, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin.
It successfully prevents diarrhea in infants and small children due to its capability to absorb water.
It is important to note that Carob has cytotoxic properties. Flour made of carob tree sprouts is very successful in the destruction of cancer of the uterus. It contains active ingredients against asthma, as well as in cases where asthma triggers allergy. The best part about Carob is that it does not contain caffeine, so it is great for those who have high blood pressure.
Carob’s tannins contain gallic acid which is known for its anti-allergic and antibacterial properties. Both calcium and phosphorus have positively influence when it comes to alleviating symptoms or reducing the risk of osteoporosis, it is good for the teeth, bones and gums.
These are diseases from which most middle-age women suffer. This is why you do not need to wait anymore and start using this plant.
You can find it in stores as powdered carob and use it in various sweet dishes. Add a tablespoon of carob tree powder in the cookie dough. Besides being healthy, this plant is very tasty as well.
It’s like chocolate, but healthy! Carob makes a good substitute for cocoa powder because it’s high in fiber but low in fat, contains antioxidants, has no caffeine, and is naturally sweet. It’s similar enough in taste that it can be swapped for chocolate when making certain candy as well.
It can help lower your cholesterol. Some medical benefits of carob likely come from its antioxidant content. Like cocoa, carob contains polyphenols, antioxidants known to reduce the risk of heart disease.Research shows that adding polyphenol-rich foods such as carob to your diet may help reduce high cholesterol.
It can ease tummy issues. Tannins, a dietary compound found in plants, are likely responsible for carob’s effectiveness in treating diarrhea and other stomach issues. In most other plants, tannins are soluble, meaning they dissolve in water, but carob’s tannins don’t dissolve in water. The tannins in carob help prevent harmful bacterial growth in the intestines, while the natural sugars in carob help thicken loose stool. One study found carob bean juice to be a safe and effective way to treat diarrhea in young children and adults.
Carob has a long history of use. It is used by the early Egyptians as sweetener and was even believed as the food that sustained John the Baptist when he was young thus it is also called St. John’s bread.