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Natural ecological carob podsEcological kibble carob pods (Ceratonia siliqua)84961-45-5284-634-5SpainIt can be declared as carob fiber (from carob fruit)PowderBrown to dark brownPleasant aroma of carobCorrugated box containing 1, 10 or 20kg PE food bags with PE innerliner
Caromax ECO powder has been made using ecologically grown carob pods in the south of Spain. Its high content in dietary fiber and low content in fat makes it a healthy product that can be used in a wide range of application of the food industry. Caromax ECO powder can be used in bakery or confectionery products, like a chocolate substitute, flavour and aroma or natural colouring.
The carob tree is a native to the Mediterranean region. It is a species of a flowering evergreen shrub or tree in the pea family, Fabaceae. Its pods have been used for ages, and it has a content of d-pinitol. d-pinitol is converted to d-chiro-inositol (DCI) in our body.
Antioxidants play an essential role in protecting the human body against oxidative processes. Most insoluble dietary fibers show little antioxidative activity – or none at all. Initial in vitro studies have demonstrated that Caromax Fiber works as an efficient scavenger against free radicals and other reactive substances.
Caromax possesses a high content of insoluble dietary fiber and is especially rich in lignin. Its physiological properties (water-holding capacity and resistance to human digestive enzymes) contribute to an improved intestinal motility and bowel function.
A natural solution for healthy food
Carob powder is an excellent substitute for cocoa and chocolate because it contains in its composition the theobromine, which presents side effects like headache, inappetence or allergies.
In several mutagenicity studies, pinitol was non-mutagenic even at high concentrations.
The acute toxicity of pinitol is low. Administration to animals for 28 days did not show adverse effects. Humans well tolerate single doses of several grams.
Long-term pinitol ingestion by humans from different plants or foods which contain pinitol (like soybeans or carob pods) has not shown adverse effects.
In countries with high consumption of soybeans, daily doses of pinitol (250 – 300 mg per day) seem familiar. Neither have adverse effects been reported from human studies with pinitol of more than 1 g per person per day for several weeks. No undesired effects like flatulence, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, allergic or hypersensitivity effects were reported. Based on the historical evidence, it can reasonably be concluded that the intake of a reasonable amount of pinitol is safe.
Carob eco powder is consumed for its physiological effects and therefore generally classified as a food and not as a food additive.
In the EU, pinitol has been consumed as part of the regular diet by consumption of carob and soy products for decades if not centuries. Only consumption of well-exceeding levels the intake from these sources may require an examination of whether the specific use has to be authorised. Health claims have to be approved by the EU under conditions outlined in Regulation 1924/2006/EC, especially art. 13 and 14.
In the USA pinitol from pine trees has been accepted as a new ingredient for dietary supplements. Use of carob pinitol would require a respective approach. FDA´s consent should be, based on the identical structure and at least the same degree of purity, obtainable. Any claims on pinitol functions have to be based on scientific evidence and to be accompanied by the following statement: “The Food and Drug Administration has not evaluated this statement. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease”. Any claim referring to treatment or cure of a disease makes a product a pharmaceutical which would require authorisation under pharmaceuticals legislation.
In Japan, pinitol-containing products would be qualified by FOSHU (Food for Specified Health Uses) responsible for the approval provided that the general requirements effectiveness, safety, appropriate ingredients and adequate quality control are met.
Euronutra is prepared to assist its customers in obtaining the necessary authorisations for their products.