Molasses, an Oasis of vitamins and minerals !!!

Molasses, an Oasis of vitamins and minerals !!!

What is Molasses and what are its benefits?
A healthy sugar that can be used by diabetics and those holding a  diet !!!
Molasses is a sweetener that is claimed to be much healthier than sugar.
Some say it can also offer unique health benefits.

What is molasses?
Molasses is a sweetener that is formed as a by-product of the sugar production process.

First, sugar cane or sugar beet is crushed and then their juice is extracted.
The liquid then is boiled to form sugar crystals, which are extracted. What is left is the molasses which is the thick brown coffee syrup, cleared from all the sugar crystal residues.
This process is repeated several times, and each time another type of molasses is produced.

Types of Molasses:
There are several varieties of this syrup, which differ in color, consistency, odor and sugar content.

Light Molasses (faded color)
This is the syrup made from the first boiling. It’s the easiest and sweetest of all types. Most commonly used in baking.

Dark molasses
This is the type created by the second boiling. It’s thicker, darker and less sweet. It can also be used in baking, but produces a more distinctive color and flavor.

Black and thick molasses

This is the syrup produced after the third boiling. It’s the thickest and darkest color, and also tends to have a bitter taste.
This type of molasses is the most concentrated form and contains more vitamins and minerals. For this reason, it is said to have the best health benefits.

Sulphated molasses
The molasses labeled as “sulfur” has sulfur dioxide added to it. Sulfur dioxide acts as a conservative and prevents it from spoiling.
Sulfur varieties tend to be less sweet than unsulfured  products.

Other types:
Molasses can also be made from: pomegranates, carob and sorghum plants as well as dates.
It contains some vitamins and minerals but has a high sugar content.
Unlike refined sugar, molasses contains some vitamins and minerals.

Here are the nutritional values of Molasses:
Vitamin B6: 14%
Calcium: 8%
Potassium: 16%
Copper: 10%
Iron: 10%
Magnesium: 24%
Manganese: 30%
Selen: 10%

It contains approximately 116 calories, which comes mainly from the sugar.
So even though it contains vitamins and minerals, remember that it is saturated in sugars. Sugar can be very harmful to your health when consumed in large amounts.
Excessive sugar content is associated with some of the world’s biggest health problems, including obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart diseases.
Because of its high sugar content, do not add molasses to your diet just for the nutrients it contains. The best way to get these nutrients is by eating whole foods.
However, if sugar is part of your daily consumption, then eating molasses is certainly a healthier alternative.

Health Benefits
There is limited research about the health effects of molasses. However, the nutrients contained in it relate to some health benefits.

Bones Health
This syrup contains a significant amount of calcium, which plays an important role in bone health and osteoporosis. It’s also a good source of copper, iron and selenium, which help keep bones healthy.

Heart health
Molasses is a good source of potassium, which stabilizes blood pressure and helps preserve heart health.

HDL or “good” cholesterol
Proper levels of HDL cholesterol can protect against heart attacks and diseases..

Blood Sugar
Molases can help stabilize blood sugar levels in healthy adults.

Antioxidants
According to the research, black molasses contain more antioxidants than honey, as well as other natural sweeteners such as shingle and agave nectar.
Studies also show that antioxidants in it can help protect cells from oxidative stress associated with cancer and other diseases.
It can be used as a mask for skin and hair because it is very rich in antioxidants …

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