Blackstrap molasses is the byproduct of processing sugar cane into refined sugar. It gives a little bittersweet, robust flavor to foods like gingerbread and baked beans. This thick, dark brown syrup is very concentrated and contains numerous health benefits
iron and copper
Blackstrap molasses contains high levels of iron and copper. Iron provides energy and increases metabolism. Copper helps the body utilize iron, eliminate free radicals and produce melanin.
It is a calcium-rich foods. Calcium is necessary to promote healthy teeth and bones, blood-clotting abilities, enzyme activity and toxin removal.
Magnesium and Potassium
It contains great amounts of magnesium and potassium. Magnesium acts as a natural calcium channel blocker, while potassium helps the muscles contract properly.
It is also a great source of manganese, a trace mineral that helps the body synthesize fatty acids and produce energy from carbohydrates and proteins.
A healthy fat-free sweetener, it contains only about 32 calories in a 2 tsp. serving.
Molasses was the most popular sweetener until the end of the 19th century, when the price of refined sugar dropped to a reasonable level.