Can the Benefits of Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses Help You Shed Fat?
Before getting on the defensive about blackstrap molasses, Let’s review what it actually is along with some of it’s many uses.
Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses is nothing like regular white sugar, being that its a sweetener that places much lower on the glycemic scale.
This means that your body will metabolize the glucose and carbohydrates from it slowly. Which is great news, especially if you are pre-diabetic, suffer from diabetes, or just watching your sugar intake.
Blackstrap molasses tastes delicious; it has a rich coffee-like bittersweet flavor. Unsulphured blackstrap molasses is also the thickest form of molasses available.
Often, unsulphured blackstrap molasses is thought of as a waste food, a by-product of sugar production, a throwback to a previous century, and only good these days for the feeding of livestock; But let’s dispel that myth right now.
Unsulphured blackstrap molasses goes through three rounds of heating and processing, as opposed to green sugar cane’s processing, a part of which usually includes sulphur (sulphur dioxide).
Unsulphured blackstrap molasses does not use sulfur in its processing, and therefore assists in avoiding the risk of allergic reactions to the sulfites found in some foods. And let’s not forget, it is often thought that use of sulfites in sugar cane processing can contribute to an increase in the production of acid rain.
Benefits of Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses
Blackstrap molasses is packed with nutrients and minerals that aren’t usually found together in one single food source. It also has the highest vitamin and mineral content of all types of molasses, including:
- Iron – prevents fatigue and carries oxygen from the lungs throughout your body
- Calcium – supports strong bones and teeth
- Manganese (18% of daily requirement) – increases nutrient absorption
- Magnesium – prevents heart attacks and protects your nervous system
- Potassium (10% of daily requirement) – calms your nerves and strengthens your heart
- Selenium – supports healthy thyroid function
- Vitamin B-6 – fights infections and maintains normal nerve furnction
- Niacin – makes various sex and stress related hormones, and improves circulation
- Zinc – boost immunity and vital for male reproductive health
- Copper (14% of daily requirement) – helps the body absorb iron and makes energy
(Daily requirement based on two teaspoons serving size)
As opposed to Refined White Sugar, which can wreak havoc with your insulin levels, increase fat storage, and deplete your body of nutrients, the health benefits of unsulphured blackstrap molasses include helping to relieve constipation, decrease eczema, diminish anxiety, ease acid reflux, regulate menstrual flow, reduce cysts and tumors, reverse hair damage, and reduce inflammation from joint pain.
Unsulphured blackstrap molasses is also rich in antioxidants known as polyphenols. Polyphenols are a chemical that can protect against the effects of aging, reduce cardiovascular disease, and may even prevent cancer.
Is Unsulphured Blackstrap Molasses a Secret Fat Shedding Superfood?
The Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior (SSIB), the foremost society for research into all areas of eating and drinking behavior, suggests that supplementation with molasses extract may provide a unique approach for weight control.
In one study, mice were given either an unaltered high fat diet, or the same diet supplemented with 2% or 4% molasses extract. Mice that had molasses supplementation had lower body weight, reduced body fat, and decreased leptin levels. The more fat you have, the more leptin you have circulating in your body.
Leptin hormones control weight management, thyroid function, stress, mental capability, inflammation, immunity, reproduction, and cardiovascular health. Leptin even controls the types of food we crave.
If your leptin levels are low, your body tells you to eat more. When you have eaten enough – your leptin levels rise and you feel full and satisfied.
Therefore, when your leptin levels are unregulated, you may feel forced to eat more food than you really need.
Although more studies are needed, adding molasses to a high fat diet appears to reduce body weight and body fat through reduced caloric absorption.
Clinical trials on this promising new finding are slated to start next year…we will keep you updated on the findings.
To get more of the health benefits of molasses in your diet, add unsulphured blackstrap molasses to smoothies, protein waffles, bananas, nut butters, as a sweetener to foods or stirred into chai tea. Try it in savory meat dishes too…You will love the rich taste and your body will thank you for the burst of nutrients.
Give our easy-spiced molasses chicken recipe a try.