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.
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.