If you've never heard of carob don't feel bad. Carob isn't usually advertised on the front of products and is also a newly popularized ingredient in the health food industry. And it's easy to see why. Carob tastes very similar to chocolate and is an amazing alternative because it has a lot of fiber, antioxidants, low amounts of fat and sugar, no caffeine, and no gluten.
Yet still the health benefits for carob abound. Carob has twice the amount of calcium compared to cacao (the main ingredient in chocolate) and is also an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Carob has vitamins A, B-2, B-3, and B-6 along with copper, calcium, manganese, potassium magnesium, zinc, and selenium. Carob is also high in fiber, pectin, and protein.
But the best thing about carob? It's a natural hunger suppressant. It just takes a little of this powder to not feel hungry. The effects can last hours after you eat it making this the perfect chocolate substitute for those trying to stick to a diet or any one who just wants to quit their afternoon munching routine.