Carob – Is It Healthier Than Chocolate?

Historically, carob has always been recognized for its health benefits (even during the time of ancient Greeks) and has also been known to be a great substitute for chocolate.

Nutrient Content

The pods are dark brown in color that are edible and rich in sucrose and protein. Research showed that the percentage of sucrose and protein were about 40% and 8%, respectively.

The other nutrient contents include vitamin A, vitamins B2, B3, and B6, copper, calcium, manganese, potassium, magnesium, zinc, fiber, and pectin.

Commercial Availability

Carob can be commercially bought as dietary pills, carob syrup, carob powder, carob chips, and carob extract. The carob pods can be eaten either dried or fresh from the tree.

Carob vs. Chocolate

Carob is known to have a taste that is quite similar to chocolate, which is why it is normally used as a cocoa/chocolate substitute. But if you are wondering which is better, here’s a brief comparison.

Cocoa/Chocolate

High in sodium and fat content.

Some people get migraines from ingesting even the smallest amount of cocoa/chocolate.

Calcium absorption by the body is hindered due to the presence of oxalic acid.

Some people are allergic to chocolate.

Carob

Low in sodium and fat content.

Caffeine and fat free.

No compounds that can trigger migraines.

Contains double the amount of calcium found in cocoa.

Allergy to carob is quite rare.

Health Benefits

Carob’s health benefits include lowering blood cholesterol levels, reducing heart disease risk, and helps ease any digestive issues you may have.

It is also the “go to” chocolate substitute by people who are trying to lose weight due to the low fat and sugar content. Skin and eye health are also improved due to the rich vitamins content.

From the information discusses here, you should definitely consider using carob as a chocolate/cocoa alternative if you haven’t done so. Check out your nearest health food or specialty shops for availability.

5 Staying Healthy Tips During Menopause

Menopause is just one more cycle that women have to face sooner or later in life and generally lasts for a couple of years. There is no specific age that menopause occurs but there are ways to keep healthy once this does happen.

Keep Track of Your Menstrual Period

Keeping track of your menstrual period using a menstrual calendar is one way to determine if what you are experiencing is quite normal or it is something more. Immediately consult a gynecologist if you notice something abnormal in your menstrual pattern.

Prevent Osteoporosis

Once menopause hits, women are more at risk to osteoporosis due to weakening of the bones. An increased intake of vitamin D and calcium is recommended.

Some of the best natural sources of these nutrients include yogurt, cheese, milk, green leafy vegetables, sardines, beans, tofu, eggs, vitamin D-fortified foods, and cod liver oil.

Establish a Sleep Routine

Menopause can cause sleep disturbance which is why it is quite important that you establish a daily sleep routine. You can begin by eating light meals in the evening and avoiding nicotine, alcohol, and caffeine.

Some women find that a relaxing shower or bath before bedtime, adjusting their bedroom light level, aromatherapy, and even a soft background music helps them to get into “sleep mode” faster.

Keep A Healthy Weight

Gaining weight during menopause is a common occurrence that can be due to the combination of genetics, lifestyle, aging, and hormonal changes.

Keeping your body weight healthy by exercising regularly can help reduce the symptoms of menopause and risk of diseases such as diabetes and heart diseases.

Avoid Triggers

Hot flashes, mood swings, and night sweats during menopause can be triggered by certain types of foods and drinks. If you notice a particular food or drink triggers any of these symptoms, it is best if you avoid them altogether.

Some trigger foods include foods rich in either spice or sugar while trigger drinks include alcohol and caffeine.

The takeaway here is that you need to be more conscious of keeping your body fit and healthy during menopause since this is the basic key to help alleviate and prevent menopause symptoms.

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