So you’ve quit refined sugar but still need something sweet? Try Blackstrap Molasses!
For hundreds of years, Molasses has been used in everything from baking and medicine to marinades and rum. During WWI, it was the most popular sweetener in the US. This changed, of course, when refined sugar became readily available.
Blackstrap Molasses is actually a by-product of the sugar extraction process. Basically, the sugar cane plant is crushed to extract the juice, and the juice is boiled to crystallise the sugar. After the third round of boiling the juice, most of the sugar has been extracted and a thick, sweet syrup remains. That’s Molasses.
Blackstrap Molasses is the thickest and darkest form of Molasses.
Most of the sugar has been taken out of blackstrap, which means it’s the least sweet of the other kinds of molasses. It also means that it contains the highest density of vitamins, minerals and trace elements.
Nutritional Benefits of Blackstrap Molasses
- Manganese: Antioxidant and essential component of fatty acid synthesis. Just two teaspoons of Molasses provides nearly 1/5 of your body’s daily needs for Manganese.
- Copper: Aids iron absorption and function, bone and tissue development and melanin production.
- Iron: Vital component of haemoglobin (red blood cells) needed to carry oxygen throughout the body, and also required for healthy metabolism and energy production. Blackstrap Molasses is an excellent iron supplement for women who are low in iron and/or pregnant. A teaspoon or two a day is usually adequate.
- Calcium: Essential for building and maintaining healthy bones and teeth. Also needed for muscle contraction, heart function, transmission of nerve impulses and blood clotting.
- Other essential minerals: Molasses also contains Magnesium, Potassium, Phosphorous, Chromium, Cobalt and Sodium
- B vitamins (especially Niacin, vitamin B-6, Thiamine and Riboflavin): Essential for energy production, nerve transmission and a multitude of other functions.
How to Use Blackstrap Molasses
Baking: Molasses brings an earthy, caramel flavour to baked goods. One unit of sugar is typically equivalent to half a unit of molasses plus another half unit of another sweetener, such as maple syrup.
Marinade: Great on roasted or baked meats
Sweetener: Add to hot beverages, porridge or puddings in place of sugar
Nutritional supplement: Take directly from the spoon for a healthy boost of energy and minerals.
Baked Beans: Molasses and beans in a slow-cooker is apparently delicious!
Where To Buy!
PureNature stocks the finest quality organic Blackstrap Molasses for just $NZ9.90! Head to: http://www.purenature.co.nz/shop/Wholefoods/Natural+Sweeteners/Molasses+Blackstrap+-+Organic/x_sku/MOLASSESORG.html