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Much more than a #SugarSubstitute – Blackstrap #Molasses rocks!

Molasses sugar is a dark brown, viscous liquid that’s made in the process of sugar manufacture. When sugarcane and sugar beets are refined till no additional sugar can be crystallized, the residual substance is molasses.

It is ironic that while the toxic and unhealthy refined sugar goes to our supermarket shelves, the highly nutritious molasses is mostly sold as livestock feed! Good for the cows, we say!  But seriously, Molasses has high nutritive and iron content.

Blackstrap Molasses

Thick, Viscous, Highly nutritious Molasses

 

Today, the value of molasses is becoming better known. This is most true of blackstrap molasses, the highest, thrice-boiled, grade of molasses. Blackstrap has the lowest sugar content, plus higher nutritional content than any other refined sugar.

Molasses is a common ingredient in cooking,  in cakes, cookies, chutneys, pickles and marinades. It is also used in the production of ethyl alcohol.

It has many health benefits:

Good for hair – Its copper content helps rebuild skin structure & supports healthy hair.

Safe sweetener for diabetics – Unlike refined sugar, blackstrap molasses has a moderate glycemic load of 55.

Ideal weight-loss diet –  Contains no fat and only 32 calories.

Laxative qualities – Improves regularity and quality of  bowel movements.

Rich in iron –  Anemic people benefit tremendously from its iron content.

High in calcium and magnesium – Its mineral profile aids the growth of bones, a good safeguard against osteoporosis.

It has several other important minerals and is also an antioxidant.

Mix 1-2 tablespoons of it in a cup of boiling water and drink it through a straw once cool, every morning as a supplement. Always remember to purchase blackstrap molasses  that is organic and unsulfured from naturalmantra.

The mnay uses of molasses in cooking

Molasses is a yummy spread

 


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Green Tea vs. Green Coffee for Weight Loss – the #Titanic Tussle!!!

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You must be confused and bemused by the fact that there are ‘#HealthFads’ that seem to indicate that one kind of #food or #supplement is better than another kind for a particular #health #benefit!  Take #WeightLoss for example.

If you ask a #Nutrionist, she is most likely to opine that the key to #weightloss is a healthy diet and exercise. But they do concede that there are some amazing #superfoods that can deliver a boost. And taking pride of place here are not one, but two beverages! #GreenTea and #GreenCoffeeBean! The eternal question in this case is – which of these is more beneficial when you are trying to lose weight?

It’s the #phytochemical CGA or #chlorogenic #acid extracted from the #green #coffee #bean that is used to specifically #target #weight #loss. Its benefits are that it will:

Help restrict the #absorption of high #glucose foods

Act as a catalyst for #fat #oxidation

Release #fatty #acids from fat stores

#Burn hard to break down fat regions

Improve #lipid #metabolism

Increase your body’s metabolism.

Alternatively, GTC or green tea catechins provide you more with a gentle #detox from the rich supply of #anti-oxidants, which deliver the following benefits:

Help treat a wide range of #anti-inflammatory diseases

Help with the protection against certain cancers as they are #anti-carcinogenic

Eliminate lipid free radicals which may cause a little #weight loss

Round 1:

Green coffee seems to be ahead in the race!!! Let’s look at its benefits in greater detail-

Chlorogenic Acid (CGA)

It restricts the absorption of high glucose foods 

When rich glucose carbs and fats enter the blood system through digestion they are very hard to break down. The green coffee beans chlorogenic acid prevents normal glucose volumes breaking down meaning they then pass on out of your system naturally. Thus it inhibits fat absorption and also stimulates the activation of fat metabolism in the liver, both major supporters of weight reduction. It is also believed to reduce the generation of new fat cells due to its superior anti-oxidant effects.

Releases fatty acids from fat stores by increasing your 

Chlorogenic acid increases your current rate of metabolism as it has been clinically proven to increase fatty acid oxidation. It induces body fat loss by increasing body heat produced, thus promoting thermogenesis, the natural burning of fat for energy.

It stimulates fat absorption in the liver

By improving lipid metabolism, it lowers triglyceride levels in the liver. Simply put, Triglyceride is a mix of three different fatty acids and glycerol, all harmful to your health and contribute to weight gain.

Round 2:

Green Tea. On the other hand, Green tea benefits, studied in further detail, are quite different to the effect chlorogenic acid has on the digestion of high glucose foods and the build up of fat stores and glucose levels in the blood.It’s the catechins in green tea that are the anti-oxidants that have for some time been sought after by people pursuing health benefits.

Green Tea Catechins (GTC)

GTC anti-oxidant benefits

The scavenging effects of lipid free radicals or free radicals are one of GTC anti-oxidant qualities. By eliminating lipid-derived free radicals you are essentially healing your body and the flushing out of toxins will cause you to lose some weight in the process.

In fact, GTC are 50 times stronger than almost any other catechin extract as they are preserved much better in the green tea leaf than other plants.

Anti-carcinogen benefits

Green tea’s anti-carcinogenic qualities are intriguing. In recent studies as late as 2012, more compelling evidence supports the fact that GTC block the cell cycle of cancer cells, and inhibit certain cancers such as prostate #cancer.

Anti-inflammatory benefits

Most notably effective as an oral hygiene, its anti-inflammatory benefits may also help treat a wide range of inflammatory characteristics and diseases such as Type2 Diabetes.

Green tea should be taken between meals so the body is not deprived from absorbing all its iron minerals.

The catechins in green tea that are a herbal extract form the Camellia Sinensis – green tea leaves, are what is mostly present in the tea bag, which makes up a cup of specially modified green tea.

Some green teas may include Pu-erh tea extracts which increase blood circulation, White tea extracts that contain a polyphenol that helps keep your arteries healthy and vitamins and minerals from Oolong tea which provide a number of different health benefits.

And the Winner is…

Green coffee’s #chlorogenicacid and green #teacatechins display different synergistic qualities which are both essential for weight loss. However, looking at their key benefits, while green tea provides some crucial anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory health benefits – if you want to just strictly lose weight, then #chlorogenic #acid derived from the #greencoffeebean is arguably the more comprehensive #supplement for burning fat stores. They may hold the key to effective weight loss without the pain of exercise and rigorous dieting.

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