With all the talk about sugar in our diet, a lot of people are looking for other substitutes. One sweetner to consider is molasses, in particular organic unsulphured blackstrap. You may ask why should you use organic, unsulphured blackstrap molasses?
Blackstrap molasses is a thick dark syrup. Research has demonstrated the superior nutrition provided by blackstrap versus light or dark molasses. Sugar cane grows deeply into the soil, and because of this it contains many minerals, vitamins and trace elements. Molasses is the syrup that remains after the sugar has been extracted from the juice. Blackstrap is made from the third boiling of the sugar cane, therefore extracting all the goodness from the cane.
During the processing of sugar cane or the production of molasses, sulphur dioxide can be used for a variety of reasons. The sulphur dioxide is a chemical used to lighten the colour or to help stabilise and extend the shelf life of the molasses. Also, during the early stages of harvesting it may also be used to help with the processing of sugar cane. Although there is no definitive research to demonstrate the health benefits of unsulphured, there is reason to believe potential health risks of sulphur dioxide in food processing and its relation to sulphite allergy. Environmentally, sulphur dioxide contributes to the production of acid rain.
If you want to try out this molasses, we can offer you Organic Times Blackstrap molasses, which is organically produced, nutrient dense and with no added sulphur.
Why you should use Organic Times Blackstrap molasses
Certified organic by NASAA (Organic Cert. No. 3412P).
Improves your diet by replacing refined sugars.
Contains a significant amount of vitamins and minerals
Naturally containing iron, manganese, copper, potassium and magnesium.
NO harmful additives, pesticides or herbicides.
NO suphur used in the process, which means that no allergic chemicals have been used in processing.
A delicious topping for desserts.
Additive to homemade goods such as BBQ sauce, chutneys, baked beans.
Used to sweeten drinks.
Molasses is a popular health food and can be used as a substitute for sugar. It is not as sweet as sugar and has a bitter-sweet flavour.
We hope this helps you understand why and how you should use organic blackstrap molasses. Do you use another natural sweetner? Why not tell us all about it. We would love to hear from you.
Have an earthly passionate weekend,
Attracta & the earthly passion team
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World Health Organization. (1974). Sulphur dioxide and sulphites. Toxicological evaluation of some food additives including anticaking agents, antimicrobials, antioxidants, emulsifiers and thickening agents. Seventeenth Report of the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives, FAO Nutrition Meetings Report Series, No. 53.