Dark chocolate has flavonols, which are antioxidants that may be protective against cancer, but milk chocolate does not have the same benefits because the proteins in the milk bind the flavonols so they are unavailable. Chocolate also has caffeine. Since cocoa, the basis for chocolate, is naturally bitter, high fructose corn syrup and refined sugar as well as fats are added to sweeten it.
Carob is a naturally sweet, caffeine-free substitute. It comes from the fruit pods of carob trees found in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. The beans are dried, roasted, and ground to make carob powder. Carob powder is high in fiber, unlike chocolate. But don't think that carob is for dieting. When it is used to make candies and so forth, it can contain just as many calories as chocolate.
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