Superfood Spotlight: Blackstrap molasses
What you should know: You heard it here first: blackstrap molasses is the part of sugar that is actually good for you. The process of refining cane sugar into its table variety strips the sugar of its minerals, and the byproduct is this nutrient-rich superfood. Blackstrap is the most nutrient-dense of all three varieties of molasses, containing a bevy of minerals in significant amounts. And with its low glycemic load, it is a perfect option for diabetics and those watching their sugar intake. Be sure to look for the unsulphured variety: not only is it void of chemicals, but it provides a stronger and smoother taste than its processed cousins.
Why You should try it: Blackstrap molasses boasts an impressive nutritional profile. The iron in blackstrap molasses can help replenish depleted energy supplies from iron deficiency, and the copper not only prevents against anemia but eliminates toxic free radicals in the body.
Calcium is also abundant in this syrupy superfood – which means it is a sweetener that’s actually good for your teeth! It works with another plentiful mineral, potassium, to aid in muscle health and nerve contraction for optimal physical performance. And the magnesium in blackstrap molasses balances out calcium absorption, keeping us cool, calm and collected.
Let’s Get Together: Blackstrap molasses is a baker’s darling, and can be used to spice up everything from cookies and cakes to breads and pies. Drizzle it over baked sweet potatoes for a new take on the classic side dish or into your morning bowl of oatmeal for a nutrient-packed breakfast. And for the easiest way to meet your blackstrap molasses quota, simply dissolve one tablespoon in a mug of hot water or tea and enjoy! We stock our cupboards with Plantation‘s variety of Unsulphured Organic Blackstrap Molasses.