Why you need to know about blackstrap molasses
When someone mentions the word ‘molasses’ I instantly think of horses. While I love horses, the association between them and this thick, black syrup was never a pleasant one – until I read about just how good a particular type of molasses is for our health. Unsulphured blackstrap molasses is a source of vital nutrients that are lacking in most of our diets. Molasses is a star among the sweeteners as it doesn’t cause your blood sugar level to spike, as per the effect of refined white sugar. It is also full of minerals and has been used for yonks to remedy many health conditions.
It sounds kind of gross, but molasses is actually the by-product or waste derived from processing sugar cane into table sugar. After sugar canes are harvested, machines are used to press the juice out of the cane. That juice is boiled then put through centrifugal machinery to extract the sugar crystals from the liquid. There are three grades of molasses: sulphured, unsulphured, and blackstrap. Sulphur is a chemical used to process unripe green cane sugar. This is the stuff you want to stay away from. When the sugar cane has been ripened from the sun, it doesn’t need sulphur. Obviously, this is a better choice. Blackstrap molasses is the most concentrated and most nutrient sense of the three grades, obtained from the third boiling of the sugar cane juice.
What it’s got going for it:
Blackstrap molasses has a low glycemic index, which means the glucose and carbohydrates are metablolised slowly, demanding less insulin production and stabilising blood sugar.
While regular ol’ white sugar actually depletes your body of nutrients, blackstrap molasses will provide you with a whole host of important minerals. Being high in iron, folic acid and B vitamins means it is great for your blood. It is high in calcium and magnesium, which is important for bone production and energy. Because it contains potassium, magnesium and manganese it is also beneficial to the nervous system and heart health. On top of those it contains copper and zinc.
Blackstrap molasses has been touted for its wide spread healing ability with cases including growths, strokes, arthritis, ulcers, skin conditions, high blood pressure, constipation, varicose veins, anaemia, bladder issues, gall-stones, nerve cases and pregnancy. It is also among the list of alkaline foods, while white sugar is highly acidic.
What to do with it:
Blackstrap molasses can be used in place of your usual sweetener of choice. Just test it first to gauge how much you will need to use. It is much stronger than honey and maple syrup.
It can also be used as a tonic by mixing a tablespoon or two with a glass of warm water. Some have used this mix three times a day as a remedy for extreme conditions. It’s best taken before meals.
Where you can get it:
Choose an organic unsulphured blackstrap molasses. You should be able to pick up a bottle at your local organic or health food store. If they don’t stock it on the shelf, just ask if they can order it in for you or point you in the right direction.
Has anyone tried blackstrap molasses? Thoughts?
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