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Quick—what was the last joke about women and chocolate that you’ve heard? I can think of several off the top of my head. There’s a reason that these jokes are so well-known. Women do tend to love chocolate, even when its high calorie count and high fat levels make it impossible to get rid of belly fat.
If you love chocolate and you are looking for a way to ease it out of your diet without going cold turkey, I have the perfect solution for you.
What is Carob?
Carob is a type of tree that is native to Greece. However, carob trees are now found all over the world. These trees create small brown pods that are full of pulp and seeds.These pods are harvested, dried, and ground down into powder. This powder is dark brown and looks much like cocoa powder.
However, that isn’t all that carob has in common with chocolate. In this form, it is very sweet and has a rich flavor that can ease your chocolate cravings.
Health Benefits of Carob
You may be wondering why you should swap out chocolate and turn to carob, particularly if you have a long and satisfying love affair going on with chocolate. These are just a few of the many health benefits of carob, and believe me, you won’t find most of these in chocolate :
- Antioxidants: Carob is naturally full of antioxidants , components that can stop the growth of free radicals in your body and protect you from cancer.
- High in fiber: Even in its ground form, carob is extremely high in fiber. This helps you maintain digestive health and prevents the nausea and stomach issues that can come with chocolate consumption.
- Low fat content: Although carob has the sweet taste of chocolate, it is very low in fat. This means that you can indulge without feeling guilty about the amount of fat you are eating.
- Natural caffeine source: If you like the energy kick you get from chocolate, you will love carob. It is a natural source of caffeine, so a little bit can go a long way in getting you through those mid-afternoon blahs.
- Lowers cholesterol: Research indicates that the antioxidants found in carob can naturally lower your cholesterol over time. In addition, the polyphenols in carob are clinically demonstrated to lower cholesterol.
- Improves digestive health: Tannins are found in carob. These chemicals can stop diarrhea, regulate digestive functions, and stop the growth of harmful bacteria in the gut.
Getting More Carob in Your Diet
There are several ways that you can get more carob into your daily diet. The powder can be used in any way you might use cocoa powder, including baking, drink mixes, and protein shakes.You can also choose to get carob pods whole. Chewing on these little pods can take the edge off your appetite, allow you to enjoy more of the fiber found in carob, and allow you to enjoy its naturally sweet taste.
Try carob in different forms to see which one best suits your tastes.