I tried for month after month to satisfy my chocolate cravings by eating giant Hershey bars in the very beginning of this transition. Then, I found food that made my stomach and brain happy. This enabled me to wean myself away from the Hershey bars. Whew.
I love this Hershey’s tasting great source of antioxidants with healthy cocoa, and carob here You can give in to this craving. This will calm your excess estrogens, and keep your colon happy and running smoothly.
Carob has been used for food for over 5000 years and continues to play an important role in Jewish tradition. It is also called “honey locust” or St. John’s Bread as this was consumed by John the Baptist while he was in the wilderness (Matt. 3:4). The husks that were eaten by the Prodigal Son in Jesus’ parable (Luke 15:16) were discarded carob pods.
After harvesting, the long bean-like pods from the carob tree are cooked for a short time or roasted and then ground into carob powder (roasting enhances its chocolate-like flavor). Carob can be used to make such items as cakes, cookies, candy, pudding, icing, bread, beverages, shakes, ice cream, muffins, fudge, and brownies. Carob is naturally sweet and requires much less sweetener when used in recipes. When replacing chocolate with carob in a recipe, use 3 tablespoons of carob powder plus 1 tablespoon of water for every ounce of unsweetened chocolate called for. When substituting cocoa powder, use an equal amount of carob powder. Remember to reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe because of the natural sweetness of carob.
In addition to not having the negative effects of chocolate, carob is very nutritious. Carob contains as much Vitamin B1 as asparagus or strawberries; as much niacin as lima beans, lentils, or peas; and more Vitamin A than eggplant, asparagus, and beets. It also contains Vitamin B2, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and the trace minerals iron, manganese, chromium, copper, and nickel. It contains approximately 8 percent protein and is a good source of fiber. Compared to chocolate, carob is three times richer in calcium, has one third less calories and seventeen times less fat.
Carob also has therapeutic uses. It is known to halt serious cases of diarrhea in adults, infants, and animals. Use 1 tablespoon of carob power in a cup of liquid, or make a paste of carob powder and water. It is also known to help with nausea, vomiting, and upset stomach. One French physician successfully reversed kidney failure with carob. Use approximately 2 teaspoons carob powder in unsweetened cranberry juice four or five times daily. A decoction of the leaves and bark has been useful for syphilis and venereal diseases, and seems to have a soothing effect.
This was good while I was cleaning out my colon….and then the “time of the month cycles” started beckoning again. Too much estrogens See Aromastat or SAFELY give into those needs for healthy cocoa anti oxidants.
Phytonutrient #6: Miracle Lower Blood Pressure in Two Weeks — with something sweet! A 2005 medical study found that chocolate can significantly reduce blood pressure in just two weeks. Italian researchers gave healthy people various types of chocolate.
They discovered one type had a greater ability to reduce blood sugar and lower blood pressure. This type of chocolate contains a full range of beneficial phytonutrients. These include antioxidants, flavonoids, phenols, epicatechin, and essential minerals. These nutrients make chocolate not only tasty, but also beneficial for your heart. Can you imagine a better way to reduce your blood pressure? But make sure you use the right type of chocolate.
Typical chocolate in the average candy bar won’t do the job. Regular chocolate is loaded with sugar. The Chocolate they are talking about is cocoa and carob. I switched to this, because caffeine in regular chocolate causes probelems for a slow caffein metabolizer. Just like hersheys without the fat and caffine.
Or go natural Raw Organic Cacao Chips