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Carob – our daily fiber

Carob has rightly been called the “black gold of Crete” as, in addition to the other benefits it has for our health, it has a very high content of fiber, necessary on a daily basis for our body.

What is fiber? How many and why do we need them?

Fiber is indigestible fiber, ie it cannot be broken down and therefore assimilated by the body. They are essentially carbohydrates of plant origin that pass through the body without being absorbed. There are two basic types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Insoluble fiber is found in foods that contain complex carbohydrates and their composition does not change at all when exposed to water. When they are in the gut, they absorb water like a sponge and stimulate the gut to a soft evacuation. Such fibers are contained in carob flour, cereals, whole wheat bread, wheat bran and fruits, especially those eaten with their skins. Soluble fiber is found in some fruits, oat products, barley, dried beans, peas, etc. The recommended amount of fiber intake for a human body is 25-30g daily, depending of course on gender and age.

Insoluble fiber contributes significantly to the proper functioning of the intestine, acts against constipation and reduces the chance of hemorrhoids. Respectively, the importance of soluble fiber is distinguished in the regulation of blood glucose levels, due to their ability to slow down the process of digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. Also, some soluble fiber helps maintain normal cholesterol levels.

The fiber of the carob fruit

Carob is an extremely high source of fiber, mostly insoluble. It is impressive that 100g of carob contains 40g of fiber, which is what is contained in 20 slices of wholemeal bread! Such an amount exceeds the Recommended Daily Amount (160%).

 Benefits of locust fiber: cholesterol, cardiovascular, constipation, diabetes

  • – CHOLESTEROL AND CARDIOVASCULARS: Studies have been done on the effect of locust bean fiber on total and LDL, “bad” cholesterol. In particular, consuming carob fiber products every day has beneficial effects on the lipid profile by lowering both LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels, especially in women. These results suggest that the consumption of locust fiber can be effective in the prevention and treatment of hypercholesterolemia and better heart function.
  • – CONSTIPATION: The insoluble fiber of the carob fruit contributes to the effective treatment of constipation because they increase the volume of stool and absorb water, thus accelerating the process of defecation, relieving the annoying feeling of constipation.
  • – SUITABLE FOR DIABETICS: The fiber contained in carob normalizes the rise in sugar. In particular, carob flour, of which most of the fiber belongs to the insoluble fiber, has a low glycemic index, as its price is below 55 (specifically 40.6), while it also has a low glycemic load with a value of 31, so it is a safe choice for people with diabetes. This fact is attributed to the ingredients of the carob itself. On the one hand, carob sugars are natural sugars, which although they give a sweet taste, have a milder effect on sugar levels. On the other hand, the fiber contained in carob contributes to better sugar levels.

The best selling carob products of this year

Whole Carob BIO 300gr.

2.00

Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives – Naturally sweet – Lightly roasted - 100% Cretan carob

  Carob is a nutritionally complete fruit and its nutritional value is remarkable. It is rich in fibers, polyphenols and tannins which provide its antioxidant properties.  Although it is rich in natural sugars,it islowin calories, fat, gluten-free andcaffeine free. Carob is rich in vitamins A,B and D, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, and various metals. It is consumed raw as a fruit. Be careful with the hard pods.
INGREDIENTS: Whole Carob STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
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Raw Carob Flour BIO 300gr.

2.20
Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives - 100% carob Preparation under 40ο C. Raw carob powder can be used alone or mixed with flour in cakes and pastries, in drinks and milkshakes. It’s a natural sweetener and rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, vitamin A, B and D, and various metals.
INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
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Caroffee BIO 300gr.

2.90
Caffeine Free – Gluten Free – Naturally Sweet   Caroffee can be produced like drip coffee, espresso, Greek coffee or frappe. For an ice coffee / frappe, add ice cubes or put it in the fridge. Caroffee can be combined with regular coffee in order to reduce the caffeine and add vitamins. Whoever wants to get rid of the coffee habit, he can do it with Caroffee’s help.
INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
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Carob Powder BIO 300gr.

2.20
Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives - 100% carob   Carob powder can substitute cacao or chocolate. It is a natural sweetener rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, vitamin A, B and D, and various metals. It is of ahigher nutritional value than chocolate and contains less than half of cacao’s fat. For a chocolate beverage, replace 2 scoops of chocolate with 3 scoops of carob powder. For cacao, replace it with equal quantity of carob powder. It can also be used in sweets, cakes, pastries, drinks and milkshakes like cocoa. As it is a natural sweetener it requires less additional sugar. Alternatively, you can use carob syrup instead of sugar.
INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
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Raw Carob Syrup BIO 350gr.

5.40
Our carob syrop is produced from the pods of the carob tree and has a mild, sweet flavor. It can be used as sweetener in cakes, tahini, hot and cold beverages, yogurt, ice cream and rice. It is a great substitute of sugar. Carob honey is also known as a traditional medicine for cough and sore throat. It is rich in calcium (almost three times more than milk- carob contains 350 mg per 100gr in comparison to milk that contains 120 mg per 100gr). Its flavor can differ depending on the variety without altering its nutritional value. For its production, only Cretan carobs are used. It is consumed raw as a fruit. Be careful with the hard pods. Preparation under 40 cesium degrees.
INGREDIENTS: Carob, Water STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
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Nutrition Carob Bar 50gr.

2.20

Carob Nutrient Bar

Handmade nutritional bar with organic carob honey and uncooked thyme honey.
No sugar and no preservatives.
Components: almonds, organic carob honey, uncooked thyme honey, dried fruits (dates, raisins, figs), sesame

Raw Carob Flour 300gr.

2.00
Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives - 100% carob   Preparation under 40ο C. Raw carob powder can be used alone or mixed with flour in cakes and pastries, in drinks and milkshakes. It’s a natural sweetener and rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, vitamin A, B and D, and various metals.
INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
 
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Caroffee 300gr.

2.60
Caffeine Free – Gluten Free – Naturally Sweet   Caroffee can be produced like drip coffee, espresso, Greek coffee or frappe. For an ice coffee / frappe, add ice cubes or put it in the fridge. Caroffee can be combined with regular coffee in order to reduce the caffeine and add vitamins. Whoever wants to get rid of the coffee habit, he can do it with Caroffee’s help.
INGREDIENTS: CAROB IN POWDER STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
 
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Carob Tea BIO 300gr.

2.00
Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives - 100% carob   In addition to its health benefits, it is a refreshing beverage which can be consumed hot or cold or like an ice tea. Its preparation is simple. Put 2-3 scoops in a half cup of water and boil it for about 3 minutes. Filter it and serve it hot or, if you prefer, cold, add some ice cubes and wait until it gets cold. Carob sweetens the water and therefore it requires noadditional sugar. If you prefer your tea sweeter, you can use our carob syrup for more energy and sweetness. You can also consume it raw as a snack,hence benefiting your body with the nutrients contained in carob. Rich in calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, vitamin A, B and D, and various metals.
INGREDIENTS: Carob in pieces STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
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Carob mini Rusk 300gr.

3.75

mini Carob Rusk

The Cretan carob nut is a ptraditional Greek bakery product, with carob flavor.
Contains only natural ingredients, such as water, olive oil, high-quality flour and carob powder, without preservatives and additives.
It has nutritional value with many health benefits. It is rich in fiber and has all the ingredients for a proper nutritional diet.
  • It is of small size,
  • slightly sweet,
  • carob flavor and
  • sprinkled with sesame seeds.
 
You can serve them together with other cookies and biscuits when drinking/serving coffee, tea or plain milk. It can be eaten plain or with any coating, such as tomato, cheese, pickles, olives, etc.
It is an ideal supplement for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
No added sugar. Components: flour, barley, carob flour, salt, yeast, sesame

Whole Carob 300gr.

1.70

Caffeine-free - Gluten Free - No preservatives or additives – Naturally sweet – Lightly roasted - 100% Cretan carob

  Carob is a nutritionally complete fruit and its nutritional value is remarkable. It is rich in fibers, polyphenols and tannins which provide its antioxidant properties.  Although it is rich in natural sugars,it islowin calories, fat, gluten-free andcaffeine free. Carob is rich in vitamins A,B and D, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, carbohydrates, protein, magnesium, and various metals. It is consumed raw as a fruit. Be careful with the hard pods.
INGREDIENTS: Whole Carob STORAGE INSTRUCTIONS: Keep in a room temperature in dry and shaded place
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Nutrition Carob Bar with Chocolate 45gr. BIO

2.20

Handmade nutritional chocolate bar

Organic carob honey and uncooked thyme honey, without sugar and without preservatives.
Contains nuts and dried fruits.
Components: almonds, peanuts, dates, chocolates (70% cocoa mass, raw cane sugar, cocoa butter) carob honey, carob powder, honey, raisins, figs

 

CORRECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

1) H.J.F. Zunft, “Carob pulp preparation rich in insoluble fibre lowers total and LDL cholesterol in hypercholesterolemic patients.” European journal of nutrition 42.5 (2003): 235-242

2) Loeb H1, Y. Vandenplas, P. Würsch , P. Guesry. “Tannin-rich carob pod for the treatment of acute-onset diarrhea”. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 1989 May; 8(4):480-5

3)B Ruiz-Roso, JC Quintela, Ester de la Fuente, J Haya , L Pérez-Olleros “Insoluble carob fiber rich in polyphenols lowers total and LDL cholesterol in hypercholesterolemic sujects’’. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2010 Mar; 65(1):50-6. doi: 10.1007/s11130-009-0153-9

4) Food Composition Databases Show Foods List Ndb.nal.usda.gov. N.p., 2017

5) A. Mis, D Dziki, G Stanislaw,  J Laskowski, ‘’Use of farinograph measurements for predicting extensograph traits of bread dough enriched with carob fibre and oat wholemeal” Article in Journal of Food Engineering 108

6) LMD Santos, LF Campos, LT Tulio, MR Dorneles  ‘’Glycemic response to Carob (Ceratonia siliqua L) in healthy subjects and with the in vitro hydrolysis index’’ in Nutrition hospitalaria; organo oficial de la Sociated Espanla de Nutricion Paretal y Enteral 31

7 S Klenow, B Haber, M Glei, R W Owen  ‘’Carob fibre compounds modulate parameters of cell growth differently in human HT29 colon adenocarcinoma cells than in LT97 colon adenoma cells’’ in Food and Chemical Toxicology 46(4):1389-97