Chocolate has the following health benefits if it has a minimum of 70% cocoa content:

  • The Cocoa Bean contains 45-53.2% fatty acids in the form of cocoa butter
  • 10% antioxidants
  • 1-3% alkaloids that stimulate the central nervous system
  • minerals like potassium, magnesium, calcium & iron

*So far, there is no proof that chocolate or cocoa causes migraines

Carob is naturally sweet and lower in fat than cocoa and a great alternative:

  • in most recipes, cocoa powder can be replaced with carob powder one for one, but you should reduce the amount of sweetener in the recipe by 2 tbsp for each 1/2 cupĀ  of carob used and increase the healthy fat by the same amount
  • set your oven 25F lower than if baking chocolate as carob burns more easily
  • carob works best when baked with moist fruits and veggies as it has a dry texture
  • make sure you buy carob chips that contain non-hydrogenated palm oil
  • store carob powder in an airtight container in a cool, dry place