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Health Benefits of Blackstrap Molasses

Updated on April 9, 2012

Cooking with Blackstrap Molasses


Health Benefits of Black Strap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses. It sounds like something out a wild west movie. What is blackstrap molasses? Regular molasses is a byproduct of the production of sugar that is made from either sugar cane or beets. Molasses is made when sugary syrup is boiled and begins to crystallize. Molasses is boiled three times over to make blackstrap molasses. This type of molasses is said to be superior to other types in nutritional content. Blackstrap molasses health benefits are many. Let’s take a look at a few of the benefits that can be gotten from it.

Switch From Regular Sugar Or Artificial Sweeteners To Blackstrap Molasses

If you normally sweeten your morning cup of tea or coffee with regular sugar or with artificial sweeteners, consider switching to blackstrap molasses. It is a natural sweetener that gives better nutritional benefits than other sugar products. You can also use it to sweeten other items such as pancakes or waffles. Anytime you use sugar, you can use blackstrap molasses.

Provides Copious Amounts Of Chromium

Chromium is important to the body because it helps to metabolize regular sugar. Regular sugar contains no chromium, so the chromium that is needed to metabolize that sugar is stolen from the body. If too much chromium is taken from the body, weight gain can occur, which can lead to diabetes or other problems. Blackstrap molasses is different by far. Just one teaspoon of blackstrap molasses contains 100% of the chromium you need in a day.

Great Source Of Iron

Many people have a hard time getting the right amounts of certain minerals. One of those minerals is iron. Iron is essential for a healthy metabolism. The recommended daily amount of iron a person is supposed to consume is between 100 and 150 milligrams. Two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses will provide you with 13% of the amount that is required.

Great Source Of Calcium

Another nutrient that a lot of people have a hard time getting enough of is calcium. Calcium is of course necessary for healthy teeth and strong bones. When you incorporate two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses into your food or drink, you will be getting about 12% of the daily recommended amount of calcium.

High In Potassium

The muscles of the body and the nervous system require potassium to function properly. Potassium also regulates and maintains the body’s electrolyte balance and pH balance. Muscle soreness after a strenuous workout can be diminished by getting the right amount of potassium. Almost 10% of the daily recommended amount of potassium can be provided by two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses.

Other Benefits Of Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses can provide other benefits. It is said that when you incorporate blackstrap molasses into the diet, it can help alleviate conditions such as constipation, anxiety, arthritis pain, anemia, and heart palpitations. It is even said to be able to restore natural hair color after it turns gray. Other conditions that can be helped include the following.

  • Varicose veins
  • Ulcer improvement
  • Dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatism
  • Benign tumors
  • Intestinal problems

You can possibly improve many health conditions just by incorporating blackstrap molasses into your diet. The next time you go to sweeten your tea or coffee, consider blackstrap molasses rather than artificial sweeteners or regular sugar. Your body will thank you.

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      vincent lansiquot 

      6 years ago

      i am using blackstrap molasses and ifeel like ihave a little more energy than before


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