Blackstrap Molasses is a dark, sticky sweetener that was popular until refined sugar became more affordable in the late 19th century. It comes from the sugar cane refining process, and keeps a great deal of the nutrients of the sugar cane. These nutrients offer health benefits that cannot be found in other sweeteners.
Calcium is often thought of as the end all and be all of bone building nutrients, but manganese is also a powerful bone-strengthening nutrient. It has enzymes for bone building, healthy bone metabolism, and helps to form connective tissues. It actually assists in the absorption of calcium in the body.
Copper is an important nutrient in that it helps the body properly use iron, helps the body grow, along with improving the health of hair, eyes, and connective tissues.
Most people know that a lack of iron in the body causes fatigue and anemia, but may not know the role that iron plays. It helps a body to produce red blood cells and hemoglobin. It also helps a body assimilate protein.
Calcium certainly does a body good in that it builds strong bones and teeth, but it also has other benefits. It can help prevent colon cancer, allows the heart to maintain a regular rhythm and assist with muscle function.
Potassium is a powerhouse nutrient that helps the heart muscles to pump blood throughout the body. It assists in making nerves work correctly, kidneys to filter blood and assists all muscles to move.
Similar to some of the previous nutrients, magnesium is vital to keep a body healthy. It helps with healthy blood pressure, keeps the heart beating at a regular rhythm, and bone strength.
The ladies are going to love the benefits of having vitamin B6 in blackstrap molasses. Vitamin B6 aids the body in healthy skin, hair, eyes and liver. It also helps brain function and development along with the mood-affecting hormones, serotonin and norepinephrine. Plus, it gives a helping hand to the body’s production of melatonin that acts to regulate a person’s internal clock. Pregnant women experiencing morning sickness will love that this little vitamin can help with improving nausea.
Selenium is an antioxidant resource meaning that it help to protect cells from damage. It also helps with healthy metabolism.
So, before reaching for some refined table sugar to sweeten recipes give the superfood blackstrap molasses a try. It tastes great in barbeque sauces, baked beans, and other hearty meals along with desserts like spiced fruit cobbler.