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Carob Powder

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Chocolate Carob Powder from Spain

Our Carob Powder is naturally grown in Spain. It is gluten free, anti-inflammatory and loaded with minerals. Carob powder is a natural and healthy alternative to chocolate in the form of cocoa powder. Carob powder is used whenever a recipe calls for chocolate or cocoa.

Carob powder comes from the pod of the carob bean. Carob beans grow on trees that are part of the legume family. The trees can live up to 100 years and do not bear fruit for the first 15 years, but after that they bear fruit prolifically. Carob is a tropical pod that contains a sweet, edible pulp and inedible seeds. After drying, the pulp is roasted and ground into a powder that resembles cocoa powder, but does not have the same flavor or texture of chocolate.

Ancient Egyptians used the gummy properties of carob seed by using it as an adhesive in binding mummies and the pods and seeds have been found in Egyptian tombs. The Romans are said to have eaten the pods when green and fresh for their natural sweetness.

Many scholars believe that John the Baptist lived on carob pods as “the locust bean” in another name for carob. Another biblical reference to carob pods is also probable in the parable of the prodigal son who squandered his inheritance and so became a servant, looking after the pigs. “He would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate …”- the pods would most probably have been the pods of the carob trees which would still produce crops in times of drought and famine.

Carob has rightly been coined the healthy alternative to chocolate. Carob is so different nutritionally and chemically from chocolate that people allergic to chocolate can enjoy carob. A 1973 university study clearly indicated that children who were allergic to chocolate could safely consume carob. Carob is free from phenylethylamine which can trigger migraines and allergic reactions. Carob is free from caffeine and theobromine which can be addictive and can cause allergies. Carob is known for its medicinal properties. Reports in medical journals in the 1950’s showed that carob powder added to milk formulas could help infants keep down their meals. According to a study reported in Canadian Medical Association Journal, out of 230 infants with diarrhea, only three were not cured by the addition of carob powder to their formula. Carob is also used for the treatment and prevention of diarrhea in livestock, and for the prevention and cure of human dysentery. The main constituents of carob are large carbohydrates (sugars) and tannins. The sugars make carob gummy and able to act as a thickener to absorb water and help bind together watery stools. Tannins from carob, being water insoluble, do not bind proteins as some do. Carob tannins do bind to (and thereby inactivate) toxins and inhibit growth of bacteria, both of which are beneficial when it comes to diarrhea. Dietary fiber and sugars may make food more viscous in the stomach and thus interfere with reflux of acid into the esophagus. According to Marian Seddon, writing for Desert magazine, “The pectin and lignin in carob not only regulate digestion, they combine with harmful elements (even radioactive fallout) in digested food and carry them safely out of the body.”

Carob is an incredibly rich food source, and it is perhaps the ideal “survival food” since it lasts a long time, requires no special storage conditions and can be eaten with no preparation. Carob is up to 8% protein and contains vitamins A, B, B2, B3 and D. It is also high in calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium and contains iron, manganese, barium, copper and nickel. Carob does not contain oxalic acid which may affect the body’s ability to assimilate calcium, unlike commercial chocolate which does.

One tablespoon of unsweetened carob powder has 25 calories, no fat, no saturated fat, no cholesterol, and 6 grams carbohydrates. It is also naturally sweet, so carob products will generally contain substantially less sugar than their chocolate counterparts. Carob also contains three times more calcium as cocoa powder. Carob powder can be substituted for cocoa powder in any recipe. Carob powder is naturally sweeter than cacao powder and will need less sugar when used in baking. HempUSA.org has two sources of carob powder for your healthy diet. You can buy our 1lb re-sealable containers of 100% pure carob powder and also our 3 pack special for savings.

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