Blackstrap Molasses is the best, because it’s made from the third boiling of the sugar cane, and comes with a strong, full-bodied, flavour. Food energy content comes from the remaining small amount of sucrose left in blackstrap molasses and the iron content. Most of the sucrose from the original juice of the sugar cane has been crystallized and removed. Why is Blackstrap Molasses the best? Unlike refined sugars, blackstrap molasses contains vitamins and many important minerals which are essential for good health.
Unsulphured blackstrap molasses is preferable to sulphured molasses. Generally sulphured molasses is used on young sugar cane plants, Sulfur dioxide, which acts as a preservative. Unsulphured molasses is made from mature sugar cane plants, which do not need this poisonous treatment.
There are three grades of molasses: the first, mild molasses, is produced after the first boiling of the sugar cane, and has the highest amount of sugar. The second, dark molasses, is produced after the second boiling and sugar extraction and the third produces, blackstrap molasses, with the lowest sugar content. That’s why it’s the best, unlike corn syrup, sugar or artificial sweeteners that have absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever.
Just one tablespoon a day of blackstrap molasses will make a difference to your health. I drink it plain with hot boiled, filtered water and sometimes with a little milk in too. It’s best to eat or drink blackstrap molasses in the morning, as it makes a good laxative and will give you energy.
For pregnant and nursing Mum’s it’s really beneficial to add blackstrap molasses to your diet. Most ‘doctor prescribed iron pills’ are synthetic, so your body will not metabolize them and will only make you constipated.
Minerals Generally, with one tablespoon a day of blackstrap molasses, your body will be rewarded with 13%-18% of your bodies recommended daily dose of calcium, iron, magnesium, and copper.
Magnesium is a very overlooked mineral, but is essential for a good healthy heart, especially if you’re an athlete. Make sure to replenish daily this vital mineral in your diet.
Calcium is for good teeth and bones. Iron is necessary to carry oxygen to your blood cells, and copper helps with cell growth, connective tissues, eyes, hair and ageing.
Blackstrap Molasses also has 18% of our daily value (DV) of Manganese, 10% of Potassium, 5% Vitamin B6 3.4% of Selenium.
This black goo, the bi-product of unhealthy white sugar, has ironically one of the highest mineral contents compared to other foods. Blackstrap molasses is quite extraordinary, containing these excellent sources of iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium and other trace minerals and vitamins. I think it’s so sad that this fantastic healthy sweetener, is used as the bi-product, and the unhealthy sugar lines our supermarket shelves.
- Animal feed
- Manufacturing of ethyl alcohol in industry
- Rum production
- Stouts (black beer) – that’s why a stout or two is good for you!
- An additive in tobacco smoked in a hookah, shisha, or narghile (found in the brands Mazaya, Al-Fakher, Nakhla, Tangiers and Salloum) (from wiki)
- An ingredient in fishing groundbait
- A source of yeast production
- An iron supplement
Great for you and your kids!
Add molasses to some of your favourite recipes. I used to disguise molasses, so that my kids would eat it, in cakes, biscuits, (cookies) home-made granola. If your kids are brought up on molasses, then they will continue using it, but to try to get some kids to eat it especially as teenagers it might be more difficult. Let’s face it, kids today usually go for the sweet, tasty, quick and easy junk food, and not ‘what’s good for them’.
I’ll add some links at the end of this post to give you some idea of how to use blackstrap molasses on the quiet!
Here is a bit of interesting history from (Wiki)
“The Boston Molasses Disaster, also known as the Great Molasses Flood and the Great Boston Molasses Tragedy, occurred on January 15, 1919, in the North End neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts in the United States. A large molasses storage tank burst, and a wave of molasses rushed through the streets at an estimated 35 mph (56 km/h), killing 21 and injuring 150. The event has entered local folklore, and some residents claim that on hot summer days, the area still smells of molasses.”
Gosh! Can you imagine sliding around all that blackstrap and worse, drowning in the stuff!
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Here are some links for recipes to give you some idea of how to use blackstrap molasses for you and your kids on the quiet!
If your new to healthy, natural eating, but want to give your kids the best, as I’m sure you do, so warning: Start out slowly if you want to get the kids used to blackstrap molasses. It’s best to make these changes gradually, so that they like your baking, and at least get the blackstrap molasses. For healthier cookies use brown sugar instead of white, butter or sunflower oil instead of margarine, whole wheat flour (a little less than recipe) instead of white flour. Good Luck!