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25 Feb 2009

Molasses
Molasses

What is it? Who should be having it? What are its benefits?
Thank you,Adi
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01 Jan 0001

Dear Adi
Molasses is obtained from the process used to refine sugar cane when white sugar is produced. Some people attribute a whole host of nutritional and health properties to this sugar byproduct, but when one looks at the nutritional composition of the product then there is really no nutrient that stands out if one considers that it is generally eaten in small quantities of 1-2 tablespoons per day. For example a 100g of molasses contains 684 mg of calcium, but 1T or 15 g only contains 103 mg of calcium which represents 8,6% of the RDA for calcium. Molasses or treacle are used to give a particular taste and colour to certain foods such as tarts, etc. If you like the taste then by all means use molasses, but keep in mind that it does still contain 171 kJ per tablespoon.
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