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8 Health Benefits of Carob

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Zoe Blarowski     October 28, 2015

It’s time to stop thinking of carob as a lowly chocolate substitute. Carob is a tasty, nutritious food in its own right and there are many reasons to try including it in your diet.

Carob is made from the sweet seed pods of Ceratonia siliqua, native to the Mediterranean region. The ripe, dry pods are typically ground into carob powder, also called carob flour.

Commercially, carob pods are processed into locust bean gum and used as a thickening agent in various prepared foods.

1. Caffeine-free

Carob is naturally caffeine-free, which is good news for those of us who are sensitive to the caffeine in chocolate.

Also, products with carob, such as carob chips, tend to be vegan and dairy-free as well.

2. High in Vitamins and Minerals

Carob is particularly high in calcium and iron. It’s also a good source of riboflavin, folate…

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