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What are molasses?

There are 3 different types of molasses (light, dark and blackstrap) all of which vary in sweetness and nutritional value. They are made from the byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into table sugar. Blackstrap molasses is the concentrated substance left over from boiling sugar syrup, after the sugar’s sucrose has been crystalized and has by far the greatest health benefits compared to other types of molasses.

I’ll admit that blackstrap molasses isn’t every ones cup of tea. Its dark, thick, gooey texture is the last image you have when thinking about sugar.  It also features a very strong bittersweet flavour that is very distinctive.

Unlike table sugar and artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, blackstrap molasses has not been stripped of its nutrients and provides an excellent source of manganese, copper, iron, calcium potassium and magnesium. Despite it being an excellent source of nutrients, you still need to be wary that it still comes from sugar and therefore has a high calorie content. A serving of blackstrap molasses contains 12 g sugar – so limit your consumption!

People at risk of iron deficiency or suffer from inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis have been encouraged to use blackstrap molasses due to its excellent source of iron and calcium. Adding two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses to your morning smoothie, cereal or straight into boiling water are excellent ways of incorporating it into your diet. You can also use it to replace sugar when baking cakes, cookies and muffins.