When thinking carob, the first thing that generally jumps to mind is “delicious alternative to unhealthy chocolate coatings”. It’s therefore no surprise that carob powder is recommended for use in the everyday kitchen, as a substitute for cocoa powder or chocolate in cakes, cookies, chocolate chip muffins and other yummy treats. [BAKER’S TIP: Replace one part cocoa powder with one-and-a-half to two parts carob – in weight.] What’s more, carob is often used as a caffeine free alternative to coffee which is especially beneficial for people with high blood pressure.
Aside from the delicious taste factor, carob has a range of benefits which will definitely convince any Mom to add it to the pantry:
- Contains Gallic acid which acts as an analgesic, anti-allergic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and antiseptic – all in one!
- Improves digestion and lowers bad cholesterol levels to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Effective in treating diarrhea in children and adults alike.
- High in vitamin E which helps treat cough, flu, anemia and osteoclasis.
- Can help prevent and treat polio in children.
- Packed with selenium for healthy thyroid function and boosted bodily defense system.
- Combats osteoporosis due to the high levels of phosphorus.
- Excellent source of calcium, providing between 30 and 36 percent of the recommended daily allowance.
- Helps clear the voice and throat when chewed (excellent tip for public speakers and singers).
- Acts as a natural antioxidant, cleansing the body of harmful toxins.
- Contains an active substance that is effective against asthma (both hereditary and allergen induced) and helps prevent lung cancer.
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