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100% Carob Gold

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I know what you’re thinking.

Carob is not chocolate. And I totally agree. It’s not.

But it is something lovely and its worth goes beyond the infamous “alternative to chocolate” status.

Carob has healing properties, essential nutrients, and its colourful history makes for a fascinating topic.

We begin our story deep in the Mediterranean basin of Ancient times.

The Carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua) has roots in ancient Egypt as its use; both fruit and wood, was etched into the Harris Papyrus from the Middle Kingdom approximately 4000 years ago.

Next, in Ancient Rome we meet a man by the name of John the Baptist. The Bible says he lived in the wilderness for many years surviving off locusts and honey. But did he really live off honey coated bugs? (Eww!) Carob pods are also known as locust beans and some historians believe John the Baptist may have eaten Carob beans rather than bugs. A much more palatable choice I’m told.

Closer to our time we read that tiny carob seeds and precious gemstones share a rich past. Seeds from a Carob tree were once used as a measurement of weight during the 15th century. It was believed they had very little variation in their size and weight and were trusted to give customers a fair price. The term carat possibly of Arabic origin is still used today in reference to the weighing of gold.

Once I began reading about these power packed little beans I was amazed by the untold wonders I found.

I have made an inforgraphic (my first 🙂 ) to show why Carob is such a wonderful addition to any healthy food program!

 

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Sugar Cravings? Help is Here!

Many of us suffer from a sweet tooth urge, to indulge in quick sugar hits.  And amazingly on top of all these benefits this legume has the potential to control our blood sugar balance.

Three characteristics of the Carob bean work in synergy to help support blood glucose control and help keep those kilos off!

  1. Soluble Fibre – This form of fibre works by slowing down the absorption of glucose into the blood stream. This creates a beneficial balance between blood glucose and our insulin response thereby preventing sugar highs and lows.
  2. Phytochemicals – Research work has begun to show that eating Carob can increase fatty acid oxidation- In short it means that it helps us to burn our fat stores for energy and may help people with weight management.
  3. Naturally Sweet – In contrast to the bitterness of Cocoa, Carob is naturally sweet and consequently requires little or no sugar. And everyone knows eating less refined sugar is good for you!
  4. Added Bonus! – Unlike Cocoa, Carob is caffeine free. Kicking the caffeine habit is a viable way of encouraging good balanced energy levels throughout the day which in turn helps to curb the 3pm slump and the consequential carb cravings.

What an impressive plant indeed!

And its versatility is as expansive as your imagination.

Here are a few quick links to some amazing carob recipes!

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 Tammy’s Hot Tip: If you’re new to the wonderful world of Carob try half Carob half Cocoa powder. 

Unless of course you have a sense of adventure then just dive right on in!

Glow Foods

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Glow foods… Foods that Glow? Am I talking about the nuclear candy that you find in the confectionary aisle of you local supermarket?

You know the ones. When your child picks them up and asks “Can I have this iridescent green lollypop that paints my tongue ultramarine blue?” you have visions of children turning into little monsters that climb your walls, terrorise small animals and turn yourself into a hyperventilating mess from the shock of it all.

Nope-not those. In fact I’m talking about the furthest from it.

I’m talking about a special chemical concoction that makes women (and men) glow from the inside out.

It makes her skin smooth, her eyes clear, her hair soft, and her energy radiate. And, at any age!

“Where can I get some of that?” you eagerly enquire.

Well, it’s not in the cosmetic aisle or in the supplement section of your health food store. It’s found at your local produce store.

And they look a little something like this…

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But you said chemicals didn’t you?

Yep.

In each plant we find a variety of phytochemicals. ‘Phyto’ means plant and ‘chemical’ means that it has a predictable composition and characteristic. And it’s these characteristics, these compounds that create a reaction, an explosion of life giving support for your body.

Each plant has a different blend of phytochemicals. Some have hundreds of them squeezed into their tiny little cells and every phytochemical has a reason for being there. They may have therapeutic benign functions like producing colour or smell however it is estimated that there is a staggering amount of phytochemicals that are advantageous for our health and well being. With estimates up around the 4 thousand mark.

Wow! 4000 different phytochemicals all designed to make you glow!

I find that amazing, don’t you?

All across the world right now research is being conducted around the benefit of specific phytochemicals. Well known examples include;

  • Resveratrol from grapeseed or red wine
  • Lycopene from tomatoes
  • EGCG from green tea

I’ll look more at specific phytochemicals in later posts but for the meantime let’s look at what other goodness is jam packed into these foods.

C, E, A, niacin, magnesium, folate, selenium.. the list goes on and on. These vital nutrients are absolutely essential to life and play a crucial part in the restoration and maintenance of a healthy mind and body. They have many functions in your body which include; antioxidant, regulator, cofactor, catalyst, and hormone to name just a few.

Without an abundance of glow foods on your plate your nutrient status can become depleted, your metabolism sluggish, and your mind and body fatigued… Not the glowing picture we all aim for.

Vegetables, fruit and other plants have the capacity to help our body heal and restore the natural balance of your being. No matter what diet fad is popular today or any day these foods are the backbone of every good food program.

All you’ve got to do is get them on your fork!

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Vegetable and Fruit (Image one) courtesy of amenic181 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net