During the Spanish American War, the U.S. military seized Puerto Rico in 1898 leading to less expensive Puerto Rican molasses flooding U.S. markets thereafter.
Sugar is full of empty calories while molasses is rich in minerals and vitamins. For instance, two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses provides 13.3% of the daily recommended value for iron, 14.0% of the daily recommended value for copper, 18.0% of the daily recommended value for manganese, and 9.7% of the daily recommended value for potassium. Molasses is also high in calcium, a necessity for strong bones and teeth, blood clotting, and the transmission of nerve impulses to and from the brain. Calcium also removes toxins from the colon, thus reducing the risk of colon cancer. Molasses is an excellent source of copper which helps in the healthy development of bone and connective tissue. Manganese-rich molasses is essential to the healthy functioning of the nervous system and contains potassium that assists in proper muscle contraction and nerve transmission. Finally, molasses is rich in vitamins B-1, B-2, B-6, and vitamin E. Here is a related recipe.
Chocolate Molasses Smoothie Recipe
- 2 cups vanilla soy milk
- 2 tsp tablespoon coco or carob powder
- 1 scoop protein powder
- 1 diced frozen banana
- 3 tablespoon blackstrap molasses or sweeten to taste
- 2 tablespoon ground flax seeds
- Blend all the ingredients on high speed until smooth. Serves 2
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