The Healthy And Delicious Benefits Of Blackstrap Molasses
I was a teacher in the past and sometimes I like to dust off my old teacher’s hat when I’m blogging and give my readers a small lesson. Today was one of those days. I really love to learn about healthy and beneficial things and then passing the information along to other people. Today’s lesson will be all about the benefits offered by blackstrap molasses (or what my household affectionately calls ‘strap).
So what is blackstrap molasses anyway? I’m glad you asked me.
Blackstrap molasses is a type of viscous substances. That means that it has a sticky and thick consistency that is in between a liquid and a solid. It comes from sugar cane. After the sugar cane is harvested, it is boiled. This initial boiling makes white refined sugar and also cane syrup, which then can produce a sweeter baking molasses. After the substance is boiled several more times, what remains from the sugar cane and what is full of the sugar cane’s nutritional benefits is blackstrap molasses. It contains all of the nutrients and minerals that the plant has absorbed and is also the most nutritious and highest grade of molasses. Molasses has an extremely stable shelf life and hardly ever goes bad (unless something dirty contaminates it). Golden Barrel has assigned its molasses a 4-year shelf life even once it has been opened. In fact, there was a 12-year-old bottle of molasses that the Golden Barrel Quality Control Lab just tested. It was found that it was in perfectly usable condition! (However, I don’t recommend that you keep your molasses for 12 years). Just make sure you always store your molasses in a dry, cool place (It doesn’t necessarily have to be stored in your refrigerator despite what some people have suggested).
Provides 27% of the daily recommended value of manganese
Manganese is a type of antioxidant that is needed for bone metabolism, healthy bone structure, and it helps to create essential enzymes that are needed to build bones. It helps with metabolic activity within the body and is very important for both our brain and nervous system function.
The following are some of the benefits that this amazing superfood has to offer:
Provides 25% of the daily recommended value of iron
Proteins and metabolized by iron and iron plays an important role in the production of red blood cells and hemoglobin. Another important health benefit of iron is it eliminates various causes of fatigue.
Provides 20% of the daily recommended value of copper
Copper contains anti-inflammatory actions that help to reduce arthritis symptoms. It is essential for normal health and growth.
Provides 20% of the daily recommended value of calcium
Calcium is needed for building and maintaining strong bones. It also helps the nerves, muscles, and heart to properly function. It helps the nervous system. Calcium reduces the risk of certain forms of cancer, helps in blood clotting, and might help to prevent migraines.
Provides 11% of the daily recommended value of magnesium
Magnesium might prevent cardiovascular disease and reverse osteoporosis. It treats depression, insomnia, migraines, and diabetes, and helps to regular high blood pressure.
Provides 9% of the daily recommended value of potassium
Potassium helps with nerve transmission and muscle contraction and helps to maintain the proper pH and electrolyte balance inside the body. It might help to reduce the risk of strokes and help to promote healthy blood pressure.
So what is an effective way of implementing this nutritious superfood into your diet? (wait a minute, are you saying the most nutritious way is not molasses cookies?)
Some individuals (which includes me, after I learned about blackstrap’s power several years ago), just take tablespoons of it. I still remember the very first time that I tasted blackstrap. I thought that it tasted a lot like licorice. It wasn’t terrible, but I definitely had to get used to it. I convinced some of my friends to start using it. One of them takes it in his coffee every morning. He says it helps his arthritis. He really swears by it and says he would buy blackstrap by the gallon.
However, as a mother of young children, I needed to find a way that was easier than just taking it by the spoonful. How, could I get my kids to take it?
Put it in a shake, of course! The first time that I attempted to get my children to take blackstrap molasses was just to put a tablespoon of it into a glass of milk (my family uses raw cow milk, but you could probably use soy or almond milk also). My youngest child (who is also my pickiest kid) downed his glass of milk, along with most of my husband’s glass! What a great success!
I thought that if I added ice cubes to the molasses and milk that it would taste even better. I added the three ingredients to my blende. It was a huge hit with my family. It tastes sweet, which I was kind of surprised by since when you take it by the spoonful, it doesn’t have a sweet taste. (Helpful tip: take some coconut oil and coat your spoon with it, and then pour the blackstrap into your spoon. This will make the molasses slide off of the spoon rather than sticking to it.)
My middle son was not convinced until I added some frozen strawberries to his milkshake. You can use whatever you want, as long as you add some blackstrap. You will know that both you and your kids are getting some outstanding nutrition. It is a great drink as an afternoon pick-me-up that gives you a nice boost of healthy energy. I make it several days a week for myself and my oldest son as his after-school snack.
You can also drink blackstrap molasses hot to reap its benefits. Heat up a cup of milk on your stove and add in a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses. Mix it until it is combined and then enjoy it. It has a robust flavor that will warm you up nicely. It also doesn’t hurt to dunk a couple of molasses cookie into your warm beverage.
So if you are searching for a tasty and great way to boost your energy and increase your daily intake of minerals and vitamins at the same time, you should try some blackstrap. Try it either cold or hot – whatever you prefer. And make sure to share it with the children in your life!