The Best of Blackstrap Molasses
Better than refined sugar and packed nutrients, blackstrap molasses is a great choice to add for sweetening foods up. Loaded with high levels of vitamin B6, manganese, magnesium, potassium, iron and selenium, blackstrap molasses is something you will want to have in your cabinet. Check out the health benefits why you should invest in a jar.
What is Molasses
First, I have to confess, I love love love molasses. Straight out of the jar, molasses cookies, ginger molasses candy, molasses in coffee, and even in a smoothie. Can you tell I love molasses.
Molasses is actually the bottom of the barrel, the byproduct of sugarcane refining process. First boil is cane sugar, second boil is molasses, and the third is blackstrap molasses. You might be cringing with the words “refining” and “byproduct”, true? But it’s not a bad thing in this case; refining only means just boiling – no chemicals being added. And byproduct is the end product of refining, which is a good in this case; it’s leaving benefits of iron and vitamins and other nutrients.
I mentioned first boiling, which produces light molasses – it’s light in color, with or un-sulphured. It’s really not the best to use. Then there’s second boiling, the dark molasses. Most people are familiar with this kind; used in baking and cooking. The third boiling is the best, blackstrap molasses. It contains the most vitamins and nutrients. Though it isn’t real sweet, it sometimes is a trial and error in some recipes. Packed full of health benefits, I happen to love it. I use this kind and you can find it at your local health food store or Amazon.
So why blackstrap? Here are some benefits:
- Iron – anemic? Vegan and need some extra iron? Blackstrap has a high iron content. Take about a tablespoon of it daily. (If too potent for you, add it to your favorite drink or oatmeal).
- Great looking skin and hair – if you’re iron deficient, your skin and hair also get affected. Blackstrap contains not just iron but also magnesium which contributes to healthy skin and hair.
- Reduces PMS – think about it, iron levels get lower with menstruation. Taking blackstrap helps keep iron up, making symptoms less. Try a tea called “healing tea”. A cup of hot water with molasses mixed in.
- Less stress – the vitamin B6 helps serotonin levels in the brain. And serotonin is great for mood, sleep, memory, learning. Lacking serotonin is linked with depression, anxiety, and anger. Also blackstrap has magnesium, which helps reduce stress, anxiety, headaches, and depression.
- Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory – there have been tests with various sweeteners and blackstrap has the best antioxidant activity since antioxidants are vital to health – fights against oxidative damage. And anything that fights oxidative damage is fair to say is an anti-inflammatory fighter. ( I have a friend who swears by drinking blackstrap to reduce her inflammation – tsp of baking soda, tsp of blackstrap in a cup of spring water)
Summing it up
Blackstrap molasses is not an ordinary sweetener with no nutritional value, but packed with nutrients. It contains vitamin B6, iron and selenium, manganese, magnesium, and potassium. Deriving from the third boiling stage where all the nutrients lay, it helps with adding iron back, is great for skin and hair, reduces PMS, helps with stress, is antioxidant and reduces inflammation. Blackstrap molasses is a great sweetener to add to your savory dishes or drinks. Try it in baked beans, or a sweetener in your BBQ sauce, or even drizzle it on your oatmeal. It’s not just health beneficial but tastes great. It’s definitely worth having a jar!
*this product is not intended to replace, diagnose, treat, cure, and prevent any diseases. Always consult with your physician. Statements not evaluated by the FDA.