Black Strap Molasse Health Benefits
Lots of health benefits are associated with blackstrap molasses and unlike refined white sugar they do not provide harm to your body. The term is derived from the Latin word melaceres, which means honey-like. Sugarcane produces a by-product while it is being refined into table sugar. These by-products are known as molasses. If the sugarcane syrup is boiled a third time till the sucrose in the sugar gets crystallized, a more concentrated darker by-product is formed which is known as blackstrap molasses.
United States, India, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines and Brazil are the largest producers of blackstrap molasses. It is a common and very popular sweetener and has been around since the 19th century. As people got more and more health conscious, this sweetener gained more popularity.
Just two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses gives you 10% of your daily recommended allowance of iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, copper, potassium and several other important nutrients and minerals. It is also an excellent source of selenium and Vitamin B6.
Sugar is metabolized by a nutrient called Chromium which is absent in raw sugar but very much present in blackstrap molasses. Just one teaspoon of it will suffice in giving you the amount of chromium you need on daily basis. It also contains Potassium which is needed for a healthy nervous system and proper muscle function. Blackstrap molasses are also known to reverse grey hair, improve acne and treat cancer. For people who cannot bear the side effect of iron supplements can use molasses for iron.
So you can clearly see here that this is a wondrous by-product of sugarcane, truly magical with all the goodness it bears. With all these excellent health benefits of blackstrap molasses, there really is no excuse to be still using refined sugar as a sweetener. Switch over to the healthier variety today.
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