Carob, consumed for centuries throughout the Mediterranean, is an amazing superfood and science continues to make new discoveries about its health benefits. Here’s our top 5 health benefits of carob:
1. CAROB IS CAFFEINE FREE - FOR LESS STRESS, BETTER SLEEP & MORE ENERGY
Carob is caffeine free. In contrast, a 50g bar of dark or raw chocolate/cacao contains the caffeine equivalent of a shot of espresso.
Caffeine, just like refined sugar, can be addictive and highly disruptive to your body and mind.
Studies have shown that caffeine increases the stress hormone cortisol and adrenaline in your body, and puts it in a fight or flight mode, similar to that experienced during acute stress.
It increases your heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar (by freeing-up stored glucose) and insulin levels, and gives you a dopamine kick. These give you a short-term feeling of being energized, only to be followed by a low, once the effects wear off.
As time goes on, you’ll need more and more caffeine to feel any mood-lifting effects - and your body gets more and more stressed and fatigued. Caffeine exacerbates anxiety, irritability and mood swings and chronically elevated cortisol levels accelerate aging, cause weight gain, and predispose you to insulin resistance and type-2 diabetes.
To make matters worse, research has shown that caffeine deteriorates the quality of deep sleep, which is so important for both physical and mental health. Therefore, not only does caffeine stress your body and mind per se, but it also adds to the stress by negatively impacting the most important thing needed to recover from stress - sleep.
2. CAROB CONTAINS NO EMPTY CALORIES - RICH IN VITAMINS & MINERALS
Carob contains a variety of vitamins and minerals and is particularly rich in calcium – containing 3 times more calcium weight-for-weight than milk. It also contains many other essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A, B1 and B2, niacin (B3), magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, manganese and chromium.
3. CAROB IS RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
Antioxidants, with their ability to ward off many diseases, are the reason dark chocolate has recently been hailed as being so ‘good for you’. When it comes to antioxidants, carob is up there with the very best. However, it provides these health-promoting, bug-fighting compounds without the negative effects of caffeine and theobromine found in chocolate.
4. CAROB HELPS WITH BLOOD-SUGAR CONTROL
Further boosting its superfood credentials, carob is rich in some unique fibres. Firstly, Pinitol is a naturally occurring fibre that in research studies has been shown to help keep blood sugar stable. Pinitol mimics the action of insulin and makes cells receptive to absorbing glucose from the blood. But because Pinitol differs from insulin, it works successfully in people who are insulin resistant and helps you utilize blood sugar more expediently.
5. CAROB HELPS KEEP CHOLESTEROL IN CHECK
The insoluble dietary fibre in carob has been shown to have the same health benefits typical of soluble fibres such as beta-glucan, commonly found in oats. Soluble fibres are widely acknowledged to have cholesterol-lowering qualities. This remarkable effect in carob appears to be due to the naturally high levels of a compound called lignin in carob fibre. Lignin acts like Velcro, binding onto cholesterol and escorting it out of the body.
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