Molasses is a thick and viscous syrup that is made from the sugarcane or sugar beet. It has many uses in food and drink, as well as industrial applications.
There are two kinds of molasses: blackstrap, which comes from the third boiling of sugarcane juice, and light, which comes from the first boiling.
Blackstrap molasses is an important source of iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and B vitamins. It contains less sugar than light molasses but more nutrients. A tablespoon of blackstrap molasses contains 0.7 grams of sugar and 1.1 grams of iron — almost half the daily recommended intake for women who don’t consume red meat on a regular basis.
Molasses is usually used as an ingredient in baking or cooking to add flavor to recipes or as a sweetener in desserts such as gingerbread or spice cakes. Molasses can also be used as an ingredient in marinades and barbecue sauces because it adds sweetness to meat without adding calories or carbohydrates to your meal plan.
Last modified: August 14, 2022