Secrets of the Superhuman Food Pyramid: Pros and Cons of Blackstrap Molasses

Today’s sweetener spotlight in the Superhuman Food Pyramid is on blackstrap molasses.

The name “blackstrap” describes the food pretty well as it looks like dark-brown goo. Molasses are the viscous liquid byproducts of the sugar extraction process. Sugar cane is crushed to get the juice out and then boiled to crystallize the sugar. The third round of boiling sugar cane juice results in blackstrap molasses.

Most of the sugar has been taken out of blackstrap and this makes it the least sweet of all the other types of molasses derived from previous extractions. It still contains enough sugar compounds however to be a viable alternative sweetener.

Take a look at what other beneficial substances can be found in blackstrap molasses and find out why it should only be used moderately. Continue reading