Carob powder, also called carob flour, is a cocoa powder alternative.
It’s made from dried, roasted carob tree pods and looks a lot like cocoa powder. Carob powder is often used as a natural sweetener in baked goods. It’s sweet and has a unique taste.
We use Carob Powder in our Gym Punch smoothie, but you can also simply add to almond milk and blend, for a deliciously decadent but healthy chocolate milkshake treat!
The Carob Powder we stock at our Colomberie shop and use as a smoothie supplement comes from the Superfoodies range. Their Carob Powder is a delicious, certified organic natural superfood sweetener that gives drinks and sweet treats an extra dimension.
Boasts a lovely sweet flavour that gives drinks and sweet treats, such as raw chocolate, an extra dimension
Contains a variety of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, manganese, chromium, copper and nickel
Contains fibre and approx. 8% protein
In a handy, soluble powder form
Dried at low temperatures
Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and rawfood enthusiasts
Certified organic by "Organic Farmers & Growers", the leading organic certification organisation in Great Britain
“Mother Nature has already done the leg work, we simply package the results”, reads the slogan from Superfoodies, the superfood brand for those who yearn to feel fit and stay healthy.
If you’re someone who wishes to lead a healthy lifestyle, buy organic products and enjoy regular sports and/or exercise, then Superfoodies is for you! And regardless of whether you’re a devoted superfood fan already, or have only just discovered superfoods and are not too sure what to do with them, Superfoodies make it easy. Superfoodies show just how delicious healthy eating can really be, with their tempting range of ready-made raw food/superfood products (including smoothie mixes and granola) and a selection of delicious recipes. Superfoodies are making healthy eating fun, simple and delicious!
Superfoodies firmly believe in the power of nature - that’s why each and every Superfoodies product is unprocessed, never heated above 42 degrees (raw food) and certified organic. In addition, Superfoodies clearly communicate the origin of their superfoods, always choose for sustainable and ethical suppliers, are open about their ingredients, and honest about the composition and preparation of their products.
Read on to learn about the health benefits and nutrition facts for Carob Powder.
1. Naturally low-fat
Carob powder contains virtually no fat. If you’re on a low-fat diet, carob powder is a good option. Just keep in mind that it’s higher in sugar and carbs than cocoa powder.
Just 2 tablespoons of carob powder have 6 grams of sugar, about 1.5 teaspoons.
2. Low in sodium
Much of the population consume much more than the recommended dietary allowance of salt. Largely due to our high consumption of processed and convenience foods.
Too much sodium in your diet may increase your risk of:
high blood pressure
Carob powder contains no sodium. It’s a great option for people following a low-sodium diet.
3. Contains calcium, but no oxalates
Calcium is a mineral. It’s important for bone health. It also helps your heart, nerves, and muscles function well. Two tablespoons of carob powder have 42 mg of calcium, or 4 percent of the RDA.
Cocoa contains oxalates, compounds that reduce your body’s ability to absorb calcium. A diet high in oxalates also increases your risk of developing kidney stones. Carob powder contains no oxalates.
4. High in fibre
Two tablespoons of carob powder have almost 5 grams of fibre, over 20 percent of the RDA. Fibre helps:
you stay fuller longer to help you eat less
maintain healthy bowels
control your blood sugar
lower your cholesterol
A 2010 study found that the antioxidant polyphenols in carob insoluble fibre lowered total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol in people with high cholesterol.
Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. In some people, gluten triggers their immune system to attack the small intestines. This condition is called celiac disease. If you have celiac disease or are sensitive to gluten, you must avoid gluten-containing foods. Carob powder is gluten-free.
6. Helps relieves diarrhoea
Thanks to its tannin content, carob powder has been used as a natural remedy for diarrhoea. Tannins are polyphenols found in some plants. Some research suggests that administering tannin-rich carob powder with an oral rehydration fluid is safe and effective for treating acute-onset diarrhoea in infants aged 3 to 21 months.
Caffeine is a great pick-me-up, but too much may cause unpleasant side effects, such as:
fast heart rate
Carob powder contains no caffeine. This is good news for caffeine-sensitive people looking for a chocolate substitute.
8. Good source of antioxidants
According to a 2003 study, carob fibre is a rich source of polyphenol antioxidants. The study identified 24 polyphenol compounds in carob fibre, mainly gallic acid and flavonoids. Both gallic acid and flavonoids have been shown to reduce oxidative stress.
Gallic acid has also been found to scavenge free radicals and kill cancer cells. Research has shown that flavonoids have anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antidiabetic, and neuroprotective abilities.
Carob powder is a healthy alternative to cocoa powder, although minimally processed cocoa powder has some health benefits of its own. Since carob powder is naturally sweet, there’s no need to add sugar or other sweeteners when using it in your favourite recipes. Carob powder is generally considered safe to eat. Pregnant women should not consume carob in large quantities.
If you have pets and worry about them eating chocolate, here’s a fun fact. Carob powder is dog-friendly. It doesn’t contain high levels of theobromine, a compound that is toxic to dogs and cats in large quantities. Many dog treats are made with carob powder. There’s no need to panic if your dog or cat gets into your carob treats!