The roots of the sugar cane run a long way into the soil, and receive a broad spectrum of minerals and trace elements. Molasses has a bitter-sweet flavour, and is a popular health food due to its high level of iron, copper, potassium and magnesium.
Melrose Organic Molasses is made in the traditional way except that all the processing of this molasses is certified organic. This guarantees a fresh, delicious taste without any harmful pesticides or herbicides. It is packed in glass bottles at Melrose's own GMP certified manufacturing plant in Australia.
Melrose Organic Molasses is Black Strap Molasses, which means it is the most concentrated form of molasses made from the final boiling of the sugar cane extract, so it's the most concentrated form of Molasses. It's also unsulphured, which means that no chemicals have been used in processing.
The most important benefit of molasses is its high mineral content. Most sweeteners are white because they've been stripped of all their natural goodness. Melrose Organic Molasses is dark in colour because it contains the concentrated goodness of the earth in which the sugar cane is grown..
Lets read about some of its Benefits :
Good for hair - One serving (two tablespoons) of Blackstrap contains approximately 14 percent of our RDI of copper, an important trace mineral whose
peptides help rebuild the skin structure that supports healthy hair. Consequently, long-term consumption of blackstrap has been linked to improved hair quality, hair regrowth in men and even a restoration of your hair's original colour!
Safe sweetener for diabetics - Unlike refined sugar, Blackstrap Molasses has a moderate glycemic load of 55. This makes it a good sugar substitute for diabetics and individuals who are seeking to avoid blood sugar spikes. Moreover, one serving of blackstrap contains no fat and only 32 calories, making it suitable for a weight loss diet.
Laxative qualities - Blackstrap is a natural stool softener that can improve the regularity and quality of your bowel movements.
Rich in iron - Two tablespoons of blackstrap contain 13.2 percent of our RDI of iron, which our bodies need to carry oxygen to our blood cells. People who are anemic (including pregnant women) will greatly benefit from consuming 1-2 tablespoons of Blackstrap Molasses per day.
High in calcium and magnesium - Blackstrap Molasses contains a mineral profile that has been optimized by nature for superior absorption. For example, two tablespoons of blackstrap contains 11.7 percent of our RDI of calcium and 7.3 percent of our RDI of magnesium. This calcium-magnesium ratio is ideal, since our bodies need large quantities of magnesium to help absorb similarly large quantities of calcium. Both of these minerals aid the growth and development of bones, making blackstrap a good safeguard against osteoporosis and other bone diseases.
Additional mineral content - Two tablespoons of Blackstrap Molasses also contains 18 percent of our RDI of manganese (which helps produce energy from proteins and carbohydrates), 9.7 percent of our RDI of potassium (which plays an important role in nerve transmission and muscle contraction), 5 percent of our RDI of vitamin B6 (which aids brain and skin development) and 3.4 percent of our RDI of selenium, an important antioxidant.
An easy way to improve your diet is to replace refined sugars with Molasses. Molasses can be used in baking, as a delicious topping or as a recipe ingredient. It can be eaten straight off the spoon or dissolved in hot water.
For all the diabetics out there who have a sweet tooth, you can indulge in this healthy dessert. Try this easy recipe!
BANANA & RAISIN MUFFINS
• 1 cup bran cereal
• 1 ½ cups mashed banana
• 1/4 cup fat-free milk
• 1 cup whole wheat flour
• 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
• 1 tablespoon baking powder
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 1 tablespoon Wild Cape manuka honey
• 2 tablespoons Melrose Black Strap Molasses
• 1 teaspoon cinnamon
• 2 egg whites or 1 whole egg or 1/4 cup liquid egg substitute
• 1/4 cup raisins
- Preheat the oven to 400°F. Spray two 12-cup muffin pans with cooking spray or insert paper liners.
- Combine the cereal, banana, and milk in a large bowl. Let it stand for about 5 minutes.
- Add the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, honey, molasses, cinnamon, egg whites, and raisins and stir until combined. Spoon the batter into the pans and bake for 20 minutes.
- Yields 24 muffins.
Enjoy these muffins with your morning/evening cup of tea.