What Is Carob?
WHAT CAROB CONSISTS OFCarob is (by definition) a powder that’s brown in color and has been derived from the carob bean. This bean grows on trees that produce carob pods, and through a method of extraction, the carob powder that is used in treats and sold in health food stores in North America has been taken from this tree’s pod. Carob is also part of a Christian diet because it was one of the original foods eaten (see more information below). So, now that you know what carob is, let’s talk about why we use carob instead of chocolate in our recipes, and why we love carob (and we know that you will too!).
BENEFITS OF CAROB
- Non dairy substitute: Carob doesn’t contain any dairy (or any traces of dairy), so it’s a perfect chocolate alternative for vegans or for people that are allergic to dairy products.
- No caffeine: Unlike chocolate, carob doesn’t contain any caffeine. Caffeine can have a negative effect on some people causing sleeplessness, anxiety, and other medical issues.
- Fewer calories: If you are watching your weight, carob is a great way to get that delicious chocolate taste without the calories (though you should be careful not to consume any kind of refined white sugar, so make sure to read package labels).
- Helps to lower cholesterol: In some studies, it has been found that carob can help lower cholesterol levels.
- One of the original Bible foods: Carob was known to the Ancient world, and chocolate was only introduced in the 16th century. This is why carob is part of the Christian diet.
- It’s sweeter: Carob is naturally sweeter than chocolate, so you don’t have to add any refined sugar or sugar of any kind to it, though it may take a few tries to get used to the unique taste.