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What Is Molasses and Its Benefits?

Updated on September 27, 2017
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What is molasses?

I was talking to a friend a few months ago about food and the health benefits you can get from eating certain foods, and he started talking to me about how he drinks a cup of molasses each day. At the time, I had never heard of it so asked him what it was. He explained to me what it was and all the health benefits molasses has in it. He then preceded to give me a jar of it to try. Having never tried this before, I was a little weary to be honest when I looked at the contents of the jar. But, I decided to try it anyway.

So, what is molasses? Molasses is a think black treacle like substance that derives from sugar cane and sugar beet. It's the molasses that comes from the sugar cane that is used in foods and drinks. The molasses which comes from the beet doesn't taste very nice at all and isn't used for human consumption. It's the molasses from the sugar cane which is for edible use. The blackstrap molasses, which I've been using, is thick in texture and looks very dark in colour. It does, indeed, have a treacle like effect to it in thickness.

To get molasses the sugar can is crystallized and the juices are extracted from it. Then the crystals are removed the liquid, which has been boiled down to create these sugar crystals. Molasses is the thick liquid which is left after the sugar has been extracted from it.

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What are the health benefits of molasses?

You'd be surprised how beneficial molasses can be. I've gotten into a routine of drinking a mug of this a day now. Here is a list of the vitamins and minerals that can be found in molasses.

Vitamin B6 - B6 is an important vitamin in the fact that it helps to convert food into energy. It also metabolises proteins and fats.

Calcium - This is essential in keeping the bones strong and working properly. Your muscles and heart, along with your nerves, need calcium in order to work properly.

Potassium - Potassium helps to lower your blood pressure. It also helps maintain the balance of fluids in the body.

Copper - Like potassium, this is also an essential mineral you need in your body. This helps the iron in your body to absorb. Copper can be found in the brain, kidneys, heart, liver and the skeletal muscle.

Iron - Iron increases the function of the brain. It also metabolises the proteins in your body. It also helps to produce hemoglobin and red blood cells in the body. If you don't get enough iron intake, this could lead to anemia.

Magnesium - This is needed for staying healthy and increases of energy. Magnesium also helps you sleep and detoxes your body. And it also helps to form teeth and bones.

Maganese - This helps in the growth of bones. It can also help with women who are going through the menopause and who could be deficient in maganese. It also improves digestion and boosts the metabolism.

Selenium - Selenium is something that the body needs. This can help with the immune system and thyroid and helps to promote an active thyroid.

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Molasses in cooking

As I said earlier, I drink a mug of molasses each day. I put a teaspoon of the blackstrap molasses in a mug and just add hot water to it. But it can also be used in cooking such as cookies, cakes and pumpkin pie. It can also be used to baste chicken and can be used in a marinade for dishes such as pork. Although some people may find molasses to have a rather bitter taste, this goes well in cooking, and is an excellent addition to sweet dishes. I have posted a link to recipes that contain molasses which you may find useful and interesting for cooking with molasses.

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As you can see, eating and drinking molasses has a number of health benefits and molasses. I'm glad I was recommended this and have been drinking this daily to get my vitamins and minerals. Although I find it does take a little getting used to the taste, I find now I'm used to it, I do like the taste of it. It can look unappealing with it's thick, treacle-like look, but the pro's outweigh the con's. When you consider the many health benefits this contains, it is well worth considering buying a jar of this to get your daily intake of vitamins.

© 2017 Louise Powles

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      Louise Powles 4 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      Oh Rosheda, that's amazing. I had no idea it would help with that. I'm so glad it has helped you. Yes, there is so many benefits to molasses.

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      Rosheda Stephenson 4 weeks ago

      Hello Coffeequeen!

      Just loved your little note in the first photo.

      I recently moved to my hometown in Jamaica to recover form an illness which causes extreme anemia and heavy periods. A friend on the island swore by the local blackstrap molasses to reduce the bleeding and I am absolutely amazed by what happened when I tried it.

      In the midst of the bleeding I drank 2 TBSPS and I kid you not the bleeding reduced in under two hours. After suffering for so long I was so astounded at the simple solution.

      Really wish more women knew about this wonderful natural remedy. Thanks for the article!

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      Mary Wickison 5 months ago from Brazil

      Several of my American cookbooks call for molasses. I have never seen it for sale where I live but I dare say Amazon has it for sale.

      Here in Brazil, they make sugar locally by boiling sugar cane. I wonder why they don't extract the liquid.

      I knew it was healthy but I didn't know which minerals it provided. Thanks for this.

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      Finn Liam Cooper 6 months ago from Los Angeles

      interesting. I'm not sure where to acquire this...and the treacle sounds very English....

      but anything that promotes health can't be bad.

      informative the breakdown you offered with the specific vitamins and their benefits.

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      DREAM ON 6 months ago

      Wow I had no idea. I thought it was just used in cooking like yeast to make things rise. Nobody ever talked about it and I am mad nobody ever told me. In a grocery store would it be in the baking isle. What is the down side of taking molasses ? Is taste the only negative? Why aren't doctors recommending it like taking a vitamin a day. Thank you for sharing enriching my mind as well as my body. Have a sweet afternoon.

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      Jo Miller 6 months ago from Tennessee

      Our local Mennonite community makes molasses the old fashioned way and we buy it every year. It's so high in sugar content I had not idea it could be beneficial to health. For us it's just a treat. I make molasses cookies every year for Christmas, but it's good to know it's beneficial.

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      Tamara Yancosky Moore 7 months ago from Uninhabited Regions

      I used to take a couple of spoonfuls of Molasses and drink it down with water because I have heard of these health benefits. I had forgotten all about that! This is a great reminder to me, and inspires me to get back to my healthy- eating routine. Thank you! Xxx

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      FlourishAnyway 8 months ago from USA

      My mother used to put it in my brother's baby bottle decacades ago to help his digestion. I use it in baked beans.

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      Dora Weithers 8 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for reminding me of the value of molasses. My country's main industry was sugar up until recently. Molasses was plentiful and folks used it as a sweetener; but seemingly the younger generation did not learn the benefits. Too bad!

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