The byproduct of the manufacture of sugar from sugar cane in which the syrup is separated from the crystals
. The highest grade is edible molasses which is most often found as table syrup.
The lowest grade is blackstrap molasses
. Molasses is a strongly flavored, dark colored syrup containing 70–80% solids of which 50–75% is sucrose and invert sugar. It is used in syrups and in the production of caramel.Sweet sorghum may be called molasses in the American South.
Cane molasses: To make molasses, sugar cane is harvested and stripped of leaves. Its juice is extracted usually by crushing or mashing, but also by cutting. The juice is boiled to concentrate it, promoting sugar crystallization. The result of this first boiling is called first syrup, and it has the highest sugar content. First syrup is usually referred to in the Southern states of the US as "cane syrup", as opposed to molasses. Second molasses is created from a second boiling and sugar extraction, and has a slight bitter taste. The third boiling of the sugar syrup yields blackstrap molasses, known for its robust flavour.
The term blackstrap molasses is an Americanism dating from around 1875. The majority of sucrose from the original juice has been crystallised and removed. The food energy of blackstrap molasses is mostly from the small remaining sugar content. However, unlike refined sugars, it contains trace amounts of vitamins and significant amounts of several minerals. Blackstrap molasses is a source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron; one tablespoon provides up to 20% of the daily value of those nutrients. Blackstrap has long been sold as a health supplement. It is used making ethyl alcohol for industry and as an ingredient in cattle feed.
Cane molasses is a common ingredient in baking and cooking.
Nutritional Value and Health benefits of Molasses:
One tablespoon of Organic Molasses contains 20% of the daily recommended daily intake for calcium, 22.5% of the daily recommended daily intake for magnesium and almost 40% of the recommended daily intake for iron.
Molasses as medicine cures:
1.Chronic fatigue syndrome
2.Depression, anxiety, and related nervous disorders
3.Chronic ailments, such as arthritis and rheumatism
4.Tumors and fibroids
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Nutrition Data for Molasses (19304)
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U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. 2013. USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Release 26. Nutrient Data Laboratory Home Page
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