Carob is the fruit of a long living tree, the carob tree, which can be found primarily in the Mediterranean basin. The carob is also known as wooden horn tree. The carob resembles to the fruit of the bean plant and in the antiquity, it was used as a natural sweetener. It is also known for its therapeutical properties, as it was used for the prevention and cure of dysentery, for the relief of indigestion and diarrhea. Carob can be consumed raw, as a powder, the so-called carob flour. Due to its sweet flavor and its color resemblance to chocolate and cocoa it can be added as a substitute to various recipes due to its low calorie content.
What is the therapeutical value of carob
In regards to the therapeutical value of carob, it is rich primarily in carbs (sweet root and sucrose) therefore it can provide us with immediate energy, as well as in proteins, 100 grams of carob contain 5-8 grams of protein. It contains a significant low amount of fat (0,2-0,6%) and it is very rich in fibers. It is easy to digest and it contains no gluten, making it suitable for people that suffer from celiac disease. Furthermore it contains vitamin A, vitamin B branched and fibers such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, led, zink, manganese, and copper.