Blackstrap: The Healthy Molasses May 24, 2011Posted by acroanmph in Public Health.
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Up until the late 19th century, blackstrap molasses was a staple sweetener, as white refined sugar was rare and very expensive. Then for decades it was generally unused until people became interested in controlling their diets and overall health. The health benefits of blackstrap molasses have been numerous but widely unknown.
It is the concentrated byproduct of two boilings of sugar cane as it is refined into table sugar, then boiled a third time. It is very dark and thick. Unlike sugar, it contains significant amounts of minerals, most notably manganese, copper, iron and calcium, but also potassium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium.
The first health benefits you will notice are an increase in energy (within 20 minutes) and iron count in the blood. Many people who suffer from anemia have been cured when iron pills had no effect, it decreases length and severity of menstruation, and can prevent or aid treatment of uterine fibroids. Additional health benefits have included relief from: acne, arthritis, anxiety, eczema and psoriasis, constipation, canker sores, nose bleeds, swollen extremities due to poor circulation, and even terminal cancer according to many testimonials and the book Crude Black Molasses by Cyril Scott. Instead of gray, new hair will grow in darker due to the copper. Skin will appear radiant. Ancient Egyptians used this as a cure for consumption (tuberculosis), and some veterinarians report that it has cured tumors in dogs and is helpful in many ways for horses and cows.
Important to note:
- Purchase blackstrap molasses organic and unsulfured. Check the label to verify copper content. Do not confuse with sweet dark molasses.
- Note the dosage as it is very possible to get too much iron or calcium.
How to take blackstrap molasses:
For optimum benefit, take 1-2 tablespoons every day. It is a great coffee or chai tea sweetener, and very tasty in a class of cold or warm milk. Take with a meal and add it to a morning smoothie or oatmeal, spread on toast or biscuits. It is often added to baked beans and, of course, gingerbread. Some people like to mix it with 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of warm water to aid in the absorption of the minerals and burn fat cells. Together they pack a ton of energy. Blackstrap molasses can be substituted when a recipe calls for regular molasses or sugar, but there are some recipes which call for it specifically on Cooks.com, and epicurious.com.
- Check with your doctor before taking blackstrap molasses on a regular basis.
- There are many reasons for anemia to develop, and it is not always due to low iron.
- People of Mediterranean descent who suffer from thalassemia can be more effectively treated with chlorophyll than blackstrap molasses.
- There will be a notable spike in your blood sugar level.
- Every body will react differently and some cannot tolerate it. There may be undesired effects (such as new hair growing in with a greenish tint, a sign of too much iron). Stop taking blackstrap molasses if you experience any unwanted side effects.