Carob is an evergreen flowering shrub, belonging to the pea family. Native to the Mediterranean region especially in the eastern and southern area of Spain, carob is cultivated for its edible seeds. It is found in its natural form in Southern Anatolia, Cyprus, Syria, Greece, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Israel. Consumed since ancient times, it is also known as Saint John’s Bread or locust bean. The dried carob fruit is traditionally consumed on Jewish holidays and the juice is taken by Muslims, during the Islamic month of Ramadan. It is used as a substitute in making various products such as baked goods, bars, snacks, cereal, dairy products, cocoa-containing products and beverages. Read on further to know the different health and nutrition benefits of eating carob and also find its nutritional value.
- Nutritional Value of Carob
- Amount of Carob Flour: 1 cup
- Total Weight of Carob Flour: 103 g
|Calories From Carbohydrate||204|
|Calories From Fat||6|
|Calories From Protein||19|
|Total Carbohydrate||91.6 g|
|Dietary Fiber||41 g|
|Fats & Fatty Acids|
|Total Fat||0.7 g|
|Saturated Fat||0.1 g|
|Monounsaturated Fat||0.2 g|
|Polyunsaturated Fat||0.2 g|
|Total Omega-3 Fatty Acids||4.1 mg|
|Total Omega-6 Fatty Acids||218 mg|
|Vitamin A||14.4 IU|
|Vitamin C||0.2 mg|
|Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)||0.6 mg|
|Vitamin B6||0.4 mg|
Nutrition and Health Benefits of Eating Carob
- Carob tannins contain Gallic acid that works as an analgesic, anti-allergic, antibacterial, antioxidant, antiviral and antiseptic.
- Carob improves digestion and lowers cholesterol level in the blood.
- It is used for treating diarrhea in children and adults alike.
- Since it does not contain caffeine, carob benefits people with high blood pressure.
- Regular use of carob helps in preventing lung cancer.
- The vitamin E content in carob helps in treating cough, flu, anemia and osteoclasis.
- The Gallic acid in carob helps in preventing and treating polio in children.
- Carob fights against osteoporosis, due to its richness in phosphorus and calcium.
- Carob pod husks are chewed by singers to clear the voice and throat.