Nowadays you see among the collection of super foods a special place held for Carob and you probably wonder “how healthy is carob”, “how often should I eat carobs”, “how to properly eat carobs”, “what products contain carobs”, “how to use carobs in cooking”, “is carob a healing food”, the -not so- odd question “what is the connection between carobs and gold” (yes! there is one), but most importantly… what is a carob?
Really! what is it and where does it come from?
Carob trees are cultivated and harvested since ancient times. I am sure that several civilizations today, would like to claim the ethnicity of the tree, but it’s impossible to trace where did it make it’s first appearance as we know it today. The Greeks however deserve an extra word when it comes to carobs, because they noticed and utilized something exceptional about it.
This answers the above question about the connection between carobs and gold.
Greeks (at some point in history) noticed that carob seeds come with two properties. One, they are ridiculously hard to break. Don’t ever try to break one with your teeth, you will regret it. They don’t even break with a hammer. They don’t even break with a sledge hammer. Two, all carob seeds, ever and ever and ever. Every single carob seed in existence… all of them… have exactly the same weight. Always. From 5,000bce to date. Which why they used to it as the smallest scale measurement for gold. Every metal, has it’s own different weight. Iron is a bit heave, aluminium is lighter, titanium even lighter, gold is heavier, etc. So… if a gold coin measured as much as 24 seeds of carob, in weight, then they new that it was solid gold. Carob seeds are cold “keratia (plural)” from where the word “carats” came from (“c” is pronounced as “k”).
So enough with the history class. How about nutrition?
First of all, carobs are naturally sweet, so it helps you stay away from sugar. It can pose a good option for replacing chocolate too (which contains a lot of sugar) and many chocolate alternatives today in the market are based on carobs. It’s also a good option for daily consumption as a replacement for dairy products for vegan or lactose intolerant people.
- It is gluten free
- Rich on fibers
- It is caffeine free
- It contains antioxidants
- It has low fat levels
- It is high on protein
You can pick a carob piece from the tree and eat it. It’s delicious.
If you eat fresh carobs on regular bases, you will notice a relevant weight loss (if it is an issue for you) and more energy to burn per day.
But what does it really do to our system?
Carobs contain the following vitamins
As well as these minerals
So all the above together translate in:
- Lowers the cholesterol levels
- It helps significantly in avoiding any heart related diseases
- It is very soothing and in general a good solution for stomach pain
- It is a great help with diarrhea issues
There are a lot of carob products on the market today, such as carob flour, carob chocolate, carob drinks, carob pasta, etc, etc… and they all share more or less the above properties.
So, is carob a super food? Yes it is, but… before you run to the store to get some, make sure your body is tolerant to all the above substances contained in carobs. Better be safe than sorry!