CAROB BEANS Will Help You Lose Weight

CAROB BEANS Will Help You Lose Weight

Carob beans have a remarkable history. The carob tree is said to be the oldest known fruit-bearing tree in the areas of Syria, Palestine, Spain, Egypt and Sicily. Carob has provided generations with food and it has been given the title of ‘bread that grows on trees’, ‘staff of life’ and ‘St John’s bread’; it is mentioned in the Bible as providing energy, nourishment and food for thought during times in the wilderness.

Carob is a hardy food source. It can be stored for long periods and the large carob pods can be eaten as a sweet food, directly from the tree, when ripened to a very dark brown colour. One of the greatest benefits of carob is the alkaline balance it provides to the digestive system; no need for antacids, carob actually reduces stomach acidity. Carob is also an excellent source of natural pectin,

vital for the treatment of stomach upsets and diarrhoea and the reduction of cholesterol. Pectin removes toxins from the digestive system and also promotes protein digestion, as it prevents digested protein from spoiling in the lower digestive system.

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Carob is a compact carbohydrate food (89% or 30% d.v.) and it is full of fibre (40g or 159% d.v.) that’s bulky and noticeable when making carob drinks. Ideally, for a smooth drink, allow the carob sediment to settle and then pour the liquid content into another cup. In contrast to chocolate, carob contains no caffeine and no oxalic acid, and these two factors alone give carob the power to be an excellent replacement for chocolate or caffeine. For growing children especially, oxalic acid in chocolate binds with calcium and retards the absorption of this mighty mineral.

Carob is a very good source of calcium (348mg or 35% d.v. or nearly three times that of cow’s milk) and when combined with a milk shake, it provides a sweet flavour and does not require the loads of sugar normally associated with chocolate drinks. Carob provides excellent natural sweetness (49g) with the safety of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5 and folate (30mcg) and a very good supply of the alkaline mineral potassium (827mg or 24% d.v.), ideal for active muscles and improved blood circulation. As potassium is heat sensitive, a carob drink will provide potent potassium, over twice

that of bananas. The supply of the mineral copper (0.6-1mg) is only a quarter that of chocolate (3.8g), but the recommended daily intake of copper for adults is 1.5-3mg, so don’t overdose.

Carob and chocolate both provide approx.1g of zinc. The fat content of carob (1g) is mainly polyunsaturated and low compared to chocolate (8.4g) which is 60% saturated animal fat. When baking cookies, carob powder with complete protein (5g) adds a sweet flavour and dark colour to cookies. Make some carob crackles and you can be sure you’re giving the children a great party food. Add a small amount of honey and ice cream to any carob milk shake, drink or recipe, as this promotes a smooth consistency. Carob also provides magnesium (54mg), compared to chocolate with 13mg; phosphorus (79mg), compared to chocolate with 100mg; and twelve times the iron content of milk chocolate (3mg as opposed to 0.24mg). For adults, try carob with goat’s milk, soy milk or acidophilus milk. Carob snack bars are the ideal replacement for chocolate bars as they are a great calcium food plus they will promote digestion.

Carob was once used to measure precious stones and gold—it’s where the term ‘carat’ comes from. Now it is an easy to obtain, healthy and inexpensive sweet or snack.

NOTE: d.v. refers to the daily value for women 25-50 years, refer to RDI chart for adult male

C. P. L. CALORIES – total: 364 kcal. per 100 grams

68 18 14 Calories from: Carb: 246 Protein: 67 Fat: 51

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