Foods that are healthy to heart : 12 Great Benefits of Carob

Do you know what carob is? Have you ever seen a carob or tasted one? Here is one of the foods that are healthy to heart.

If you live in Europe or America, finding this beneficial fruit may not be easy, as carob is not cultivated in those regions. Carob, or “Ceratonia Siliqua”, is cultivated in the Mediterranean region. It is mostly cultivated in the eastern and southern area of Spain. It’s natural habitat is Southern Anatolia, Cyprus, Syria, Greece, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Israel and Libya. It is an evergreen tree with large and shiny leaves. It grows in warm climates and may live to be 120 years old. Carob contains carbohydrates, tannins, proteins, minerals and dietary fibers. It is included in dairy products, baked goods, snacks and cereal as dietary fiber.

Carob has been consumed in ancient times. It’s name is referenced in Bible, Talmud and New Testament. According to the legend, St. John subsisted on carob beans mixed with honey during his crossing of desert. Hence, it also known as Saint John’s Bread. The seeds of carob is used to weight gold. It is eaten on the Jewish holidays and it’s juice is consumed by Muslims during the Islamic month of Ramadan.

Most of the people in my country know the carob tree (or locust tree) but they don’t the benefits of it for health. This article covers the benefits of carob for health. Here is a great list of benefits of locust tree.

  1. Improves digestion.
  2. Lowers cholesterol level in the blood. Carob seeds don’t have a cholesterol agent.
  3. It acts as an antioxidant.
  4. It can be used to treat diarrhea in children and adults.
  5. It contains an active substance that is effective against asthma. Carob is also used for asthma problems caused by allergies.
  6. It is a good expectorant. If the smokers use it for a few days, they will see how to expectorate.
  7. It doesn’t contain caffeine. It works nicely for patients that have high blood pressure.
  8. It can help to prevent lung cancer, if used regularly.
  9. It contains vitamins E and is used for the treatment of cough, flu, anemia and osteoclasis.
  10. Carob tannins have Gallic acid. Gallic acid is analgesic, anti allergic and antibacterial. It is also antioxidant, antiviral and antiseptic.
  11. It is used for the treatment of polio in children, as the Gallic acid in carob tannins helps to prevent polio.
  12. It is rich in phosphor and calcium. For this reason, it is used in the fight against osteoporosis.


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  1. amazing post, this is an undiscovered pleasure – now it is out, everyone will be after some!

  2. Interesting, never heard of this miracle food… good article.

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  3. 13. taste really bad

  4. “If you live in Europe or America, finding this beneficial fruit may not be easy, as carob is not cultivated in those regions. Carob, or “Ceratonia Siliqua”, is cultivated in the Mediterranean region. It is mostly cultivated in the eastern and southern area of Spain”.

    Spain is in europe as is greece and cyprus. Contradiction in the first two centences don’t bode well for the rest of the article. You may want to make an ammendment.

  5. Excellent article, I buy products that use carob instead of chocolate coatings. I learned much more about ‘carob’ that I never knew probably because it is imported! Thanks for enlightening me.

  6. As a matter of fact, the hubby just brought back a bag full of dried fruit of carob (pods with seeds) and I loved snacking the pods. How can I use the seeds to grow my own tree (in florida)?

  7. where did you get the dried fruit of carob pods?

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  9. Great post! I will have to try this.

  10. I will have to try this. Good article

  11. I just started taking carob syrup, not really knowing just how good it is, because I love the flavour, but after reading your article I will love it much more for life. Thank you for info.

  12. great snack when pregnant!

  13. Carob is THE greatest remedy for diarrhea, folks. Not only for people, but for dogs, as well. Just mix it with some applesauce, or with some vanilla yogurt in a smoothie. Tastes somewhat like cocoa, but the important thing is that it works like a charm.

  14. All the mediterranean countries probably have carobs. But Portugal is one of the oldest countries in the world that has and procuces carobs, specially in south Portugal: Alentejo e Algarve. In portuguese it’s named Alfarroba.

  15. I have IBS and been having a really bad week. A friend recommended this…never heard of it before…thought I’d research before I tried it. Will be going out to buy some powder tomorrow God willing, and hope it works

  16. I was at a forum on brain wellness recently, & naturally chocolate came up! I’ve been using OG coconut oil recently, & for a treat, love mixing in = amts. carob & chocolate, with a dust of cinnamon – yum! If I want a bit of sweetness, I add a touch of OG agave nectar – nice to see this post – I’ll send a link to the fellow who taught the class! ( )

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  18. I have been drinking carob juice for years. It reall;y tastes well. It helps to relax. I would recommend to mix it in icy water.
    I have a carob tree in my garden. It becomes a huge tree as high as a tall building. The fruit ripens nowadays in the Middle of July here in Gaza. They turn from green to brown.

    My best wishes.

  19. I’m going to try making my own carob chocolate using carob powder, organic milk, extra virgin coconut oil, and raw honey. Cause I love chocolate but feel the need to go healthy now.

  20. In Hungary ( in Europe!) they have plenty of carob pods. My grandmother used to make StJohn’s bread almost weekly. I still dream of it after some 40 years! It is a bit bitter.
    Here is a recipe for “Youth Drink”
    2 tablespoons of lecithin
    2 tablespoons of whey
    2 tablespoons of wheatgerm flakes
    1 teaspoon of CAROB POWDER
    8 ounces of water
    Blend all ingredients, drink a glass daily.

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  22. When i was a kid, carob was heavily promoted as kind of a chocolate substitute. It never really caught on.

    The problem is that it doesn’t taste like chocolate.It doesn’t taste bad though.

  23. CARHINI: A good alternative to choco sweets:

    1- One portion of Carob Molasse
    2- One portion of Tahini (sesame paste)

    Mix gently until becomes like caramel.

    Spread on bread and enjoy.

  24. l´dlike taste it,

  25. This is a great discussion. Superb I like it

  26. Carob can be used as substitute for cocoa in chocolate cake recipes and in icing. The cake tastes equal to better than cocoa and the icing is an acquired taste. The first time I tasted it in icing I wasn’t sure but it grew on me. To me carob is not a cocoa replacement, it makes for good variety of flavour. Makes a tasty chocolate cake though. It seems to taste better cooked, so I recommend it to bakers. Apparently it’s 1/3 the price of cocoa.

  27. no buy the carob bits, they taste great, like chocolate chip, you can get them at a bulk barn,

  28. The Lebanese have been eating Carob Mollasses (Dibs) mixed with Tahina (sessame seed extract) as a desert for ages. The mixture is mostly hailed for its digestive benefits, especially against constipation. Tahina (and it seems Carob) are excellent in the reduction of bad cholesterol too. The mixture is know as Dibs Bi Tahina, I encourage you folks to look it up. It is delicious by the way.

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  30. I got one Kilogram of Carob from Tunisia this week, and I eat at least 2 a day..No more Chocolate….

  31. Earlier this year I was diagnosed with Candidiasis and was put on a restricted diet. I recently discover Carob Bars as an alternative to chocolate and it is amazing!!
    It tastes just like a very bitter and raw dark chocolate and does not contain any sugar what so ever so it’s perfect for me to have once in a while as a treat. I would recommend Carab to all those on a sugar, diary and even a diabetic diet to enjoy! CiCi x

  32. like THE ARTICLE, great post

  33. Years ago, I was able to buy carob bars for eating. Some came with almonds..Hard to find now and I don’t know why. Once you adjust to the taste, not like Hersheys, you grow to love it.

  34. I’ve been buying Carob powder for the last 30 years in Health food stores and I use it daily.

    Put it on oatmeal or granola along with cinnamon – mix it in your fruit smoothies – add it to your healthy dessert baking – tasty and good for you.

  35. carob is very useful as mentioned…but wht is it neglected in this country JORDAN since it is available even in the common streets… but nobody paid any attention to this valuable CAROB???

  36. if you want to buy some real carob pod from its original manufacturer from Turkey, please feel free to contact me

    it is quite cheap though

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