Meridian Organic Blackstrap Molasses is extracted during the process of cane sugar production, in which all the beneficial nutrients are concentrated into the molasses. This is a natural, unsulphered product and the consistency may vary.
Meridian Organic Blackstrap Molasses have a very high iron content which is essential for creating red blood cells. Meridian blackstrap molasses also contain folate which is a natural source for folic acid, and is also a good source of B vitamins.
Our blackstrap molasses are a rich source of magnesium and calcium. Magnesium and calcium work well together in terms of bone production and energy.
Meridian blackstrap molasses has a very low GI index, which is a measurement carried out on carbohydrate containing foods and the impact that they have on blood sugar. Low GI diets have links to decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, and many health benefits, which means that you can still get your sugar fix from Meridian Blackstrap Molasses without damaging your health.
Meridian Organic Blackstrap Molasses are highest in concentrated minerals since it is from the "third extraction". The blackstrap in considered better nutritionally. Our Meridian Organic Blackstrap Molasses is manufactured in South America by the traditional three stage boiling process.
Blackstrap Molasses have received a lot of media attention recently for it's possible positive impact upon hair. There are two reasons why blackstrap molasses is so good for our hair. Firstly, many of the minerals found in blackstrap, such as selenium, manganese and zinc, are antioxidants which, due to their free radical-scavenging abilities, are well-known for their anti-aging benefits. In fact, one of the most immediately noticeable benefits of regular blackstrap consumption is softer and smoother skin and hair.
Secondly, 1 tablespoon of blackstrap contains 20 percent of our recommended daily allowance of the essential trace mineral copper. Though copper is toxic in high quantities, it does perform several important functions in the body when consumed in moderation -- including helping the body to produce melanin, the pigment responsible for hair color. This copper content is the reason why so many people, including elderly people, find that their hair returns to its original color after long-term blackstrap consumption. Some men have even found that blackstrap molasses may stimulate hair regrowth!
Molasses is a natural by-product of sugar cane refining. Sugar cane is crushed and white sugar (pure sucrose) is extracted from the resulting juice. The nutrients remain in the juice and it is this residue that is classed as molasses. Several types of molasses are available, depending upon the stage from which they are extracted. The most nutritionally important is the “third extraction” or Blackstrap, which is the final residue from the whole process – and therefore the lowest in sugar and the highest in concentrated minerals. The name ‘blackstrap’ originates from the black ‘strap’ or mark that distinguished the casks of molasses from the casks of raw sugar that were shipped along with it.