Health Benefits of Organic Blackstrap Molasses – learn my experience with this nutritional powerhouse + a Molasses Iced Tea recipe!
This post is a slightly different one that joins my “How to break a juice fast safely” guide – all a part of my wellness journey. I started the Paleo diet firstly as a way for me to combat my difficult PMS issues; specifically my insane cramping and fatigue. The diet had worked wonders for me but it soon dawned on me that I needed much more than the diet alone to help. I did quite a bit of research and tried a whole load of different things; including natural herbs & pills, which didn’t work the miracle I hoped for. Enter in: Blackstrap Molasses.
Organic Blackstrap Molasses is the extracted liquid from the final processing of sugar cane to table sugar. It is the bit that is left behind so to speak and apparently is sold as livestock feed. The cane syrup is boiled down and what you are left with is a highly concentrated extract from the sugar cane. This concentration contains a great amount of vitamins and minerals that frankly, I can’t believe is considered a “waste” product.
Known as a superfood, organic blackstrap molasses contain a high level of nutrients; magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, copper, zinc and the most important for me being iron. It is actually used as a holistic, natural treatment for anaemia – this is perfect for women especially, as we tend to lose a substantial amount of iron due to our menstrual cycles.
My personal experience with this food has been amazing. You see the effects of taking this immediately. Normally, my PMS would start two weeks before my period and run throughout the period because of the cramps. After taking the Blackstrap molasses, I noticed that my energy went up during the weeks before my period and the cramps had gone down considerably (the 1st day would be a 6 and the rest of the cycle would be at a 3 – before it was a 10 and 10 after that lol)
After research, I found that a recommended dosage of molasses would be a tablespoon a day. I would start taking this a week before I believed my period would start. I would normally take this in a mug of hot coconut or unsweetened almond milk. I tried just downing a spoonful but it was too rich and I basically never did that again. The Molasses Iced Tea concept came about after I realised I wouldn’t want to drink hot beverages during the summer time. This time I froze the milk in an ice cube tray, added hot water (to dissolve) then the frozen milk cubes and cold water.
There are different types of molasses so when purchasing be sure to source for this exact type. I have consistently used this brand. The main thing you want to do is search for organic and unsulphured, as sulphured brands tend to add sulphites which depletes the nutritional content by quite a margin.
I must note that blackstrap molasses are a sugar and while it is said to have a low glycemic index, it would still be unsuitable for those with diabetes. Also, molasses can actually act as a laxative; if you are just starting out, I would suggest taking it in the mornings before food, at a lower dosage of half a tablespoon and then working your way to a full tablespoon.
So give Blackstrap Molasses a try! It is definitely a superfood I stand by!
- 1 tbsp Organic Blackstrap Molasses
- Cold Water (enough for each drinking glass)
- Frozen Coconut or Unsweetened Almond Milk cubes
Start by dissolving the molasses in some hot (not boiling) water, in a pouring jug. Stir until dissolved.
Add in the amount of water that you want for each glass into the jug.
Add your milk ice cubes to your drinking glass and pour in the molasses.
Serve and enjoy!
Use a straw to drink so the sugars don't affect your teeth!
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