The carob tree, or Ceratonia siliqua, has fruit that looks like a dark brown pea pod, which carries pulp and seeds.
Carob pods have several phytochemicals such as polyphenols, fiber, proteins, fatty acids, carbohydrates, and amino acids. It has twice the amount of calcium compared to cocoa, it is free of a migraine-triggering compound and has high levels of vitamins such as vitamins A and B2 which are good for skin and eye health.
Since carob is naturally high in fiber and has no caffeine, it’s ideal for people with high blood pressure. A study in 2010 suggests that carob can reduce LDL and overall cholesterol in patients with high cholesterol. The low sugar and fat content also makes it a great dietary addition or chocolate substitution for people looking to lose weight.