Blackstrap molasses is the dark liquid byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into table sugar.

Blackstrap molasses is made from the third boiling of the sugar syrup.  It is the concentrated byproduct left over after the sugar’s sucrose has been crystallized.  Blackstrap molasses is very high in many important minerals, such as iron, cooper, manganese, magnesium, calcium and potassium. It also contains vitamin B 6. Just 2 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses provides 13.3% of the daily recommended value for iron and 11.8% of the daily value for calcium.

I use blackstrap molasses in baking, as it makes a nice substitute for sugar. I add it to roasted vegetables. When I eat yogurt (which is not often,) I add a teaspoon of blackstrap molasses to it. I like to give a teaspoon to my kid, when he is craving something sweet.  Sometimes, I put it on a piece of toast for him, which makes a pretty good breakfast. A teaspoon of blackstrap molasses also works, when mixed in with a bowl of oatmeal. I used to take two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses a day when I was pregnant.

Look for  unsulphured, preferably organic,  blackstrap molasses, because it has a cleaner taste and is free of the chemical that many are sensitive to.

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