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Carob Chocolate,C* New Syrian Product for Diabetes and Heart Patients.

Homs, Central Syria (SANA) -- The Syrian researcher Dr.

Rana Mustafa found a way to manufacture chocolate from Carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua) whose fruit was used as food for humans since 2000 BC.

Dr.

Mustafa wanted to achieve her dream in manufacturing local and healthy chocolate of delicious taste.

Carrying out several experiments and tests to extract chocolate from Ceratonia siliqua powder instead of Cacao, they yielded fruitful results.

Dr.

Mustafa said "the new chocolate is fit for hypertensive and heart patients as well as people who are allergic to the cacao." She added that Carob is rich in sugar, indicating that the chocolate is manufactured using third of the white sugar that is usually added when manufacturing chocolate from cacao.

Dr.

Mustafa said that she presented the new product at Foodex Syria on the sidelines of the 2nd International Conference on Food Industries and Biotechnology, adding that she applied to get a patent for property protection.

The Ceratonia siliqua (Algarrobo tree, Carob tree) is an evergreen tree which belongs to the Fabaceae (pea) family.

It is native to the Mediterranean region.

It grows up to 10 meters.

The fruit is curved and of brown and purple color.

R.

Raslan/ H.

Sabbagh

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