Health Benefits Of Carob

 

Carob is an evergreen flowering shrub, belonging to the pea family. Native to the Mediterranean region especially in the eastern and southern area of Spain, carob is cultivated for its edible seeds. It is found in its natural form in Southern Anatolia, Cyprus, Syria, Greece, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Israel. Consumed since ancient times, it is also known as Saint John’s Bread or locust bean. The dried carob fruit is traditionally consumed on Jewish holidays and the juice is taken by Muslims, during the Islamic month of Ramadan. It is used as a substitute in making various products such as baked goods, bars, snacks, cereal, dairy products, cocoa-containing products and beverages. Read on further to know the different health and nutrition benefits of eating carob and also find its nutritional value.

 

Nutritional Value of Carob

 

Amount of Carob Flour: 1 cup

Total Weight of Carob Flour: 103 g

 

Nutrients

Amount

Basic Components

 

Protein

4.8 g

Water

3.7 g

Ash

2.3 g

Calories

 

Total Calories

229

Calories From Carbohydrate

204

Calories From Fat

6

Calories From Protein

19

Carbohydrates

 

Total Carbohydrate

91.6 g

Dietary Fiber

41 g

Sugars

50.5 g

Fats & Fatty Acids

 

Total Fat

0.7 g

Saturated Fat

0.1 g

Monounsaturated Fat

0.2 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

0.2 g

Total Omega-3 Fatty Acids

4.1 mg

Total Omega-6 Fatty Acids

218 mg

Vitamins

 

Vitamin A

14.4 IU

Vitamin C

0.2 mg

Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)

0.6 mg

Thiamin

0.1 mg

Riboflavin

0.5 mg

Niacin

2 mg

Vitamin B6

0.4 mg

Folate

29.9 mcg

Choline

12.3 mg

Minerals

 

Calcium

358 mg

Iron

3 mg

Magnesium

55.6 mg

Phosphorus

81.4 mg

Potassium

852 mg

Sodium

36.1 mg

Zinc

0.9 mg

Copper

0.6 mg

Manganese

0.5 mg

Selenium

5.5 mcg

 

Nutrition and Health Benefits of Eating Carob

  • Carob tannins contain Gallic acid that works as an analgesic, anti-allergic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and antiseptic.
  • Carob improves digestion and lowers cholesterol level in the blood.
  • It is used for treating diarrhea in children and adults alike.
  • Since it does not contain caffeine, carob benefits people with high blood pressure.
  • Regular use of carob helps in preventing lung cancer.
  • The vitamin E content in carob helps in treating cough, flu, anemia and osteoclasis.
  • The Gallic acid in carob helps in preventing and treating polio in children.
  • Carob fights against osteoporosis, due to its richness in phosphorus and calcium.
  • Carob pod husks are chewed by singers to clear the voice and throat.

Tips

  • Carob forms an important commercial stabilizer and thickener in bakery goods, ice cream, jelly, salad dressings, cheese, bologna, sauces, salami, canned meats, fish, mustard and other food products.
  • The carob powder is used as a substitute for cocoa powder or chocolate in cakes, cookies and candies.
  • Hot beverages are made using carob powder, instead of coffee.
  • For making cookies and muffins, carob chips are used in place of chocolate chips.

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