Perhaps best known as a sweetener or chocolate substitute, carob is also touted as a natural treatment for high cholesterol (a health problem closely linked to development of heart disease). When used to reduce cholesterol levels, carob is typically consumed in pulp form (often as an ingredient in energy bars and other "functional foods").
Several small studies (including a 2010 report from Plant Foods for Human Nutrition) suggest that including carob fiber in your diet may help decrease LDL ("bad") and total cholesterol levels.
To increase your intake of fiber (the substance said to be responsible for carob's cholesterol-lowering effects), make sure to include high-fiber foods like whole grains, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fruits, and vegetables in your daily diet. Read the full article: Carob for High Cholesterol.