Blackstrap molasses, or the third boiling of sugar cane syrup, results from the crystallization of sucrose. Blackstrap molasses gives flavor to baked beans and gingerbread and contains significant amounts of a variety of minerals.
Iron, one of the important ingredients in blackstrap molasses, is a critical element in cell functioning. The dietary reference intakes, or DSIs, replace the recommended daily allowances, or RDAs as a benchmark recommendation for elements. The DSI for iron is 8 mg to 18 mg per day and 27 mg per day for pregnant females, according to “Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine.” One teaspoon of blackstrap molasses contains 4.5 mg of iron, which is more iron per serving than red meat, according to Natural Health Restored.
Blackstrap molasses, an excellent source of calcium, is one of the most important minerals in the body; it is involved in essential functions, including contraction of heart muscles, blood clotting, conduction of nerve impulses, enzyme activity, and cell membrane function. The DSI for calcium is 1,300 mg per day, according to “Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine.” Two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses meets 11.8 percent of your daily needs for calcium, according to For A Healthy Future.
Manganese, an essential mineral nutrient, is required for fetal development and functions in enzyme reactions involving blood sugar and thyroid hormone. Adults need 2 mg to 5 mg of manganese per day. Two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses contain 7.3 percent of the daily value for magnesium, according to For A Healthy Future.
Copper, an essential component of many enzymes, plays a role in physiological processes including iron utilization, removal of free radicals, development of bone and connective tissue, and red blood cell production. The estimated safe and adequate intake for copper is 1.5 mg to 3.0 mg per day. Two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses contain 14.0 percent of the daily recommended value for copper, according to For A Healthy Future.
- “Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine;” Dennis Kasper, M.D., 2005
- Natural Health Restored: Unsulfurated Blackstrap Molasses
- U.S. National Library of Medicine: Calcium in Diet
- For a Healthy Future: What’s So Great About Blackstrap Molasses?