Carob has become significantly popular in recent years, as both consumers and scientists recognize its importance. Except of rich in carbohydrates and protein, carob is also very digestible. Moreover, it does not contain gluten, and that makes it suitable for people with celiac disease (gluten intolerance). It also contains vitamin A, B vitamins and trace elements such as potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese and copper.
The fiber contained in carob slows down the absorption of carbohydrates and, consequently, helps in their better metabolization. Furthermore, fiber helps preventing constipation and having a normal bowel function. Insoluble fiber combined with polyphenols, found in locust bean, leads to the reduction of bad cholesterol.
Carob resembles chocolate, but the dark locust color isn’t the only reason. Its taste has similarities with chocolate making it an ideal healthy substitute.