By: Suzanne Brett, RHN – Victoria, BC
A great kitchen staple in our house is blackstrap molasses! It may not be what most people believe to be a staple. It may remind you of your grandmother. But for me, it’s a necessity.
I’m not much of a baker; I’m more of a fermenter, food beautifier and a cook at home. So, molasses makes the staple cut for me mostly based on it’s intensely high nutrient profile. I literally eat a spoonful of it straight-up! It’s not for everyone, I know, especially those who dislike the liquorice flavor. Although, I DO highly encourage it. If you can’t handle it on it’s own, do use it in a bevie, granola, porridge or baked goods and reap the benefits.
Molasses is sourced from the sugar cane and blackstrap is a derivative of the 3rd extraction process. This causes it to be quite a thick syrup with a powerful flavor. Although most of the sugars have been removed in the extraction process, molasses’ nutrient profile still contains a great amount of Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, B12, B6, B2, Niacin and Iron. It’s super wonderful for those ladies out there with menstrual cycle issues (esp. heavy ones) and for anyone experiencing symptoms of anemia. This is also a great nutrient provider for the athletic type. The high levels of electrolytes and sugars are magnificent for recovery and energy.
So, if you haven’t considered it yet, consider it now. Get on the right track with ‘Wholesome’ an unsulphured organic molasses, which does not undergo a chemical extraction, merely a simple boiling method. I’m sure there are other companies out there that are also trustworthy. Just be sure to do your research.