Shrubs aren’t just house plants or decoration anymore.
It might sound surprising, but there’s actually one shrub that can benefit your health … and help you lose weight.
It’s called the carob plant, and it’s a small, evergreen shrub that grows in the Mediterranean region. It belongs to the pea family, it sprouts tiny, annual flowers, and it has edible seeds that are used for herbal remedies, food and seasoning. The carob can also be turned into a juice or used as an additive in many baked goods and meals, and it boasts a sweet taste, similar to caramel or chocolate.
Carob contains an immense amount of nutrients. With protein, fiber, vitamin A, folate, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium and more, it’s a veritable powerhouse of health. It even has analgesic, antibacterial and anti-septic properties.
Want to learn more about this powerful food? Then keep reading.
How Carob Helps You Lose Weight
Carob is a great source of fiber, which is crucial to good digestive health and function. It helps clean out your colon and intestines, and it assists your body in removing the toxins and wastes that are clogging up your system. In the long run, this means less bloating, a lower number on the scale and a slimmer look overall.
Additionally, carob’s high levels of fiber also help keep you feeling fuller longer. As fiber takes a longer time for your body to break down and process than other foods, you won’t find yourself suffering from those unwanted cravings and hunger pangs an hour or two down the road. That equals few calories consumed and an easier weight loss journey on the whole.
On top of its high fiber content, carob is also extremely low calorie. It contains only a mere 13 calories in every tablespoon. That’s a whopping 17 times less than the same amount of chocolate! This makes it great for dieters with a sweet tooth. Instead of loading up on candy and fat-filled chocolate treats, you can simply add some carob to your meals and snacks. It satisfies that sweet tooth, while still ensuring you’re on a low-calorie, healthy diet at all times.
Carob is also very high in selenium. Just one cup of carob flour boasts about 5.5 micrograms of selenium (or about 10 percent of your recommended daily intake). As selenium is crucial to healthy thyroid function, which supports your metabolism and your body’s ability to break down fats, consuming high-selenium carob can improve weight loss results significantly.
Other Benefits of Carob
But helping you shed some pounds isn’t the only way carob can benefit your life. It also comes with a whole slew of other health advantages, too. It can stabilize your blood pressure, stave off colds and flus, treat diarrhea and nausea, and lower your cholesterol.
In fact, according to a 2010 study, taking carob fiber can lower your cholesterol levels by about 18 percent and your LDL levels (the bad cholesterols) by 23 percent. Over the long run, this can mean a serious difference in your health and well-being.
Some studies have even shown that regular carob intake can prevent lung cancer, polio, osteoporosis and other adverse health problems.
There are dozens of ways to eat carob. In fact, carob flour is often used as a stabilizer and thickener in many commercial products and foods – so you may be eating it now and not even know it!
Because it has an almost chocolate-y taste, you can substitute carob powder for cocoa powder in healthy versions of baked goods, ice cream, cakes, pies, cookies and more, and you can use it to thicken jellies, dressings, sauces and other similar substances with a rich taste. If you’re avoiding caffeine, try swapping carob powder or roasted carob seeds for your coffee grounds, and you’ll have a delicious, hot morning treat.
Carob chips can also be consumed either on their own or in other meals. They’re a great substitute for chocolate chips, and they’re delicious on a bowl of oats or in salads. You can even melt the chips and drizzle them on fruit, raisins, homemade trail mix and other healthy snack items.
The juice of carob plants can also be consumed. Though this isn’t very tasty on its own, you can mix it into green smoothies so that you can take advantage of all of its benefits.
Try Carob Today
If you haven’t tried carob yet, it’s time to do so. Even if you don’t eat it on a daily basis, have some in your pantry in case you need a healthy, sweet substitute for chocolate or cocoa. You can even use it to add a little every flavor to your smoothies, salads and other healthy meals.
Have you tried carob or carob powder before? Let me know your thoughts (and your favorite carob recipes!) in the comments.
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