Monday, December 26, 2011

The Magic of Molasses!

Molasses is a stellar sweetener that unlike refined sugars retains significant amounts of a variety of beneficial nutrients such as copper, calcium, magnesium and manganese with very few calories.  One tablespoon provides up to 20% of the daily value of each of those nutrients.  It's also a good source of selenium and B6.

How is Blackstrap molasses made?

Blackstrap molasses is the result of boiling sugar syrup three times.  It's the concentrated byproduct left over after the crystallization of sugar's sucrose.

Why do you want to add Molasses to your diet?

When I first started researching Molasses, I learned that it had the ability to change gray hair (at the root) back to it's original color.  That was enough for me.

I can't speak from personal experience if this works - not at the stage of life yet - but I'm hoping that I never see a gray hair as a result of my Molasses consumption (fingers crossed).

Aside from vanity, molasses really is good for you - full of vitamins and minerals.

So what else?

Molasses is SUPER high in potassium, one tablespoon has 730 mg!  Next to bananas, Molasses is an excellent source for potassium.  Suffer from leg cramps?  That's a potential sign of a potassium deficiency.

Blackstrap molasses can also be used as an iron supplement for those sensitive to iron supplements or wishing to holistically overcome anemia.  One tablespoon provides up to 15% of the recommended daily amount.

How do I use Molasses?

I take one teaspoon in a cup of coffee.  It gives the coffee a nice earthy foundation, it's a little hard to articulate, but it makes the coffee feel decadent and now coffee just isn't the same without it.

Molasses is also a key ingredient in gingerbread cookies (a personal favorite) and baked beans.

Add it to hot cereals, pancakes, waffles, even smoothies.

Try it as a mineral tonic by mixing 1-2 tablespoons of molasses with one glass of warm water.

You can even add molasses to the soil of almost any plant to promote microbial activity.

What kind of Molasses do you want?

Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses - best to get organic due to the defoliant chemicals used to make harvesting the sugar cane easier with non-organic molasses.  Avoid sulfur molasses as this is an unhealthy chemical additive used as a preservative that you don't need.

Wholesome Sweeteners makes a nice Organic Unsulphured Molasses at a reasonable price.

Try it!
The Hoff

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