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The Benefits of Adding Blackstrap Molasses to Your Diet

Updated on July 11, 2015

Blackstrap Molasses Nutrition Information

White cane sugar is the source of blackstrap molasses. But unlike white cane sugar, blackstrap molasses has many health benefits.

  • Boosts the immune system
  • Helps with menstrual problems
  • Reduces the risk of colon cancer
  • Prevents migraines
  • Improves bone density
  • Neutralizes high blood pressure
  • Helps keep the heart healthy
  • Helps to maintain strong teeth
  • Helps with constipation
  • Helps relieve stiff joints
  • Helps shrink or eliminate fibroids
  • Boosts energy
  • Helps with acne
  • Returns gray hair to its normal color
  • Strengthens and thickens new hair growth
  • Helps relieve the pain and itching of hemorrhoids
  • Helps reduce sugar cravings

Blackstrap molasses is also one of the richest sources of natural dietary iron and is the source of several other vitamins and minerals.

One tablespoon of blackstrap molasses daily provides up to 20% of the recommended daily value of the following nutrients:

  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Phosphoric acid
  • All of the B vitamins (with the exception of vitamin B1).

Different Types of Blackstrap Molasses

Blackstrap molasses comes from the third boiling of the sugar cane.

Sulfured blackstrap molasses is the product of young (green) sugar cane with sulfur dioxide added as a preservative.

Unsulfured blackstrap molasses is the product of mature sugar cane. The quality of blackstrap molasses depends on the sugar cane maturity and also the extraction process used.

Easy Ways to Add Some Blackstrap Molasses To Your Diet

  • Mix 1 teaspoon in 6 ounces of hot water
  • Add a teaspoon to your coffee or hot tea
  • Add a teaspoon to a smoothie
  • Molasses Milk:

1 Tablespoon Blackstrap Molasses

8 ounces Milk


  • Very hot water (enough to cover the molasses)

Add molasses to a glass and add hot water to cover the molasses.

Stir until the molasses is dissolved.

Add ice and then top off with milk.

  • Molasses cookies

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molasses cookies

Molasses Crackles

Soft Chewy Cookie

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

2/3 cup canola (or other) oil

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1/4 cup blackstrap molasses

2 cups all- purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cloves

1 Tablespoon water

Mix oil and sugar and beat well.

Add egg and beat well.

Stir in molasses,flour, baking soda and spices.

If needed add more flour by Tablespoon until dough is firm.

Shape into walnut sized balls.

Roll each ball in additional sugar.

Place balls 3 inches apart on ungreased baking sheet.

Bake approximately 8 minutes. Watch for the tops to crack.


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      Tidalwave 4 years ago

      What an interesting lens. We used to feed our horses molasses so why not ourselves?? Never thought about it. I will be giving it a try asap. Thanks

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      am23g23 5 years ago

      Interesting info thanks for sharing with us!

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      TedWritesStuff 5 years ago

      First time I had heard of it!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice highlight! Thanks for sharing!

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      hanasays lm 5 years ago

      I started adding black strap molasses to my coffee in the morning. It's not as gross as it sounds (it's actually pretty good) and I generally feel better when I remember to do it. It's better for me than refined sugar, in any case.

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      Never used but it sounds like a great idea for many things. Thanks so much ofr sharing this

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      youbars 5 years ago

      I love blackstrap molasses. great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Most of my patients have found that Blackstrap Molasses benefits them greatly, especially women who experience menstrual problems. Arthritic patients are also experiencing exceptional benefits when Apple Cider Vinegar, Himalaya Mineral Salts and Turmeric is added, this is also very helpful in balancing our patients pH and in boosting their immune system. The next step is to use it as a carrier for our Cancer formulas. I feel that this addition to some of our "MHT Green Pharmacy" medications is a stride ahead. Des Paul TMP (Zimbabwe)

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      ohcaroline 5 years ago

      I've never used it but it sounds like something to try.

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      That molasses milk is good, I've never tried molasses that way. I enjoyed this informative lens, thanks.

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i grew up close to a sugarcane plantation and we had molasses for free (for our horses). nice lens.

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      My sister told me about it, and by sheer luck i came across this wonderful lens. Thank you!

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      Sadheeskumar 5 years ago

      Good information.

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      kimark421 5 years ago

      I never have, but apparently I should! Great lens!

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      Hypersapien2 5 years ago from U.S.

      Very imformative lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      We use this for our daughter who was borderline PKU. It was a great way to supplement her iron without the added over exposure to certain proteins.

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Good to know as we have a friend who gives us some from her own sugar cane mill.

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      andreaberrios lm 5 years ago

      No, but i would now..thanks!

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      Cathy Slaght 5 years ago from St. Petersburg, Fl

      I use it and also recommend it to my friends!

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      dumhaka 5 years ago

      This lens is great, I love to read it here. good info and thanks for share..

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Great information and lens!

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      KittySmith 5 years ago

      The main staples in my house while growing up were not flour, sugar, tea and coffee. They were Blackstrap Molasses, Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar, Brewer's Yeast and Cod Liver Oil. May not sound appetizing, but we never got acne and never got sick. I LOVE a glass of cold milk with a Tbsp of Molasses stirred in, never did the hot water first. I never heard that it could reverse grey hair. I guess I will find out in 3 months...

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Oh man, that gray hair thing has me wanting to try this just to see. Haha! I've been gray so long that would be a hoot!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Good news to people who are suffering from femur fracture or bone density.Blackstrap molasses can give you the benefit of a stronger bone.This is worth a try. fosamax

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      Opportunityknoc1 6 years ago

      Great lens with lots of useful information. Your recipe for Molassses Crackles looks delicious and perfect for the holiday season.

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      ICanCook 6 years ago

      I've been looking for a way to get my hair color back. I'm certainly going to check out this remedy using blackstrap molasses. Thanks much. Will let you know how it goes.

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      ScareYouDiva 6 years ago

      I like molassas, but it is a strong flavour, so when you're baking you may want to use it with another kind of sweetener too

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      We keep a jar of molasses in the fridge. My husband loves it!

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      Bellezza-Decor 6 years ago from Canada

      I love the taste of molasses. Very informative lens

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      Jimmie Lanley 6 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I bought some molasses at a Mennonite store in rural TN. I have been low iron lately and have been dosing myself a teaspoon daily. I'm feeling better!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Great stuff - delicious and has plenty of advantages.

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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      nice lens

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      julieannbrady 6 years ago

      This surely sounds quite compelling -- back to the old basics.

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      TheHealthGuy LM 6 years ago from U.S.A.

      I love black strap molasses. Molasses cookies, cake and just to stir it in my morning coffee. It is so tasty and full of nutrients that processed sugar doesn't offer.