Carob Treats Diarrhea and High Cholesterol

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This is the sixth chapter of 10 herbs from Graeco-Arabic Medicine series.


What is carob?


Carob is a tree called Ceratonia siliqua.




What is carob used for?


People often use carob fruit for medicine and in foods. You may have tasted carob in various foods including fudge, chocolate milkshakes, and brownies.




Carob is also used medicinally. People use it to treat digestion problems like diarrhea, heartburn, and the intestine’s inability to properly absorb certain nutrients from food.


Does carob work?


Evidence shows that carob is effective for releasing diarrhea and lowering high cholesterol. Taking juice extracted from raw carob bean or carob pod powder before taking a standard oral rehydration solution (ORS) can help reduce the duration of symptoms in children and infants with acute diarrhea.


Carob tastes similar to chocolate and is great alternative because it contains antioxidants, low amounts of fat and sugar, no caffeine and no gluten. A wonderful alternative if you want to keep healthy!



You may have heard that some substances in cocoa may cause migraine headache. Carob is free of a migraine-triggering compound and has twice the amount of calcium compared to cocoa. (See more about migraine prevention here: Feverfew to Prevent Migraine Headache


How do you take carob?


Carob is often taken orally.


What are the side effects?


Carob is likely safe for most people when taken by mouth. People with pregnancy or breastfeeding need to consult the doctor before using.


DIY Carob Brownies


I searched for a recipe for carob brownies and share it with you guys.




You need:


3/4 cup all-purpose flour, 1 cup sugar, 5 tsp carob powder, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 2 eggs and 1 tsp vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease or spry 8x8 pan.

2. Combine wet ingredients by stirring with a spoon.

3. Stir dry ingredients together and add to wet ingredients until well blended..

4. Place in an 8x8 inch pan and bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool completely before cutting.

7 Answers

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At first glance, I thought it's chocolate. Where can I buy it? I like everything that lowers cholesterol.

Since it lowers cholesterol, it can lose weight, can't it?
You can buy carob powder online or in a supermarket. And you are right, it can help you lose weight. It is high in insoluble fiber, which helps to move stool through the digestive tract and contributes to healthy bowel movements and elimination
I thought Carob is a Vegan form of chocolate, they looks the same! maybe I can try to use it as cocoa-powder. must be yummy!
And healthy. Do have a try :)
Its delicious!  Curbs my sweet tooth.  You can buy chocolate stars and eat instead of candy.  Make hot chocolate all kinds of things.  It's available online at major retailers, health food shops etc.  I love the taste better than real chocolate usually.
Does it mean that brownies and chocolate milkshakes are much easier for people to digest?
It is true that carob can help with digestion, but most chocolate milkshake and brownies still contain much cocoa powder.
Carob doesn't taste exactly like chocolate, it has nuts flavor.
You're right. That's why it's only an alternative for cocoa powder.
True, it does not taste like chocolate, but the flavor 'grows' on a person, beware of using too much sugar in a recipe with carob since it does add calories that way.

Would like to try a carob brownie, anyone has a receipe to share? Thanks. devil

I'm not a cooking person. But I think you can google for it, just type in "carob brownies recipe". And I just added a recipe to the post FYI.
At first glance of the second pic, I thought it was eggplants or cured and dried beef. New to me, learned a lot.
The fruit is first green and then gone to black. Have a try and you may love it.
Can this carob recipe be baked in a microwave oven?
Sure I think so