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Carob vs. Chocolate: Making the Healthy Choice

This particular carob powder tastes as close to chocolate as possible. It is used in baking all kinds of muffins and scones. It is also often used as an alternative to cocoa. You can buy carob chocolate in health food stores, or you can make your own.

About the benefits of carob and carob chocolate, as well as how to choose good carob in the store, I told in an expert commentary for Vertera — an online media about beauty, health and healthy lifestyle.

   Benefits of Carob:

Rich in antioxidants: carob contains large amounts of antioxidants that help protect the body from free radical damage.

Maintains healthy skin: carob contains vitamin E, which helps maintain healthy skin and protect it from damage.

Reduces cholesterol: some studies show that carob can help lower blood cholesterol levels.

    Benefits of Carob Chocolate:

Decaf: Carob chocolate is caffeine-free, making it a good choice for people who want to avoid caffeine in their diet.

Rich in vitamins and minerals: carob chocolate contains a number of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E, potassium, magnesium and iron.

Helps control appetite: some studies show that carob chocolate can help control appetite and reduce the desire to eat sweets.

    How to choose a good carob in the store?

Pay attention to the color: carob should be uniformly brown with no stains or dark areas.

Check the smell: the carob should have a sweet aroma, with no signs of rancidity or odor.

Feel: the carob should be firm and not sticky to your hands. If it is too soft or sticky, it may not have been stored in the right conditions.

Olga Dekker, nutritionist, member of the National Society of Dietitians and Nutritionists and the European Association for the Study of Obesity