Sunday, November 7, 2010

Blackstrap molasses

Many people said that being a veg you get deficient in iron. If you eat junk food, mock meat, deep fried, unhealthy stuff frequently, this is no surprise.

It is important to ensure the vegan food we eat is nutritious in every bite, not empty calories that make you satiated but contain hardly any nutrients.

I did some research on iron and concluded that blackstrap molasses is one of the best sources of iron for vegetarians and vegans. If you do away with the comparison of the type of iron they contain - heme or non-heme, the iron content practically surpasses that of many meat products. And I am talking about per tablespoon. (Exclude fortified foods).

Look at this table from the 2005 dietary guidelines for Americans
Blackstrap molasses beats beef big time. You can also take a look at this table, and it's the same result.

Make sure you get organic and unsulphured BSM. The bottle I have is by Biogreen from Malaysia and cost SGD$8.80. This brand is the most value for money that I found compared to the others I have seen in Singapore. I found it at fortune center at the vegetarian dried goods store on the 1st level.

Contents of the BSM:
calories 50
sugar 12.5g
calcium 116mg
potassium 735 mg
iron 15.5%
magnesium 4.5%
vitamin b6 9.8%
based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Down you BSM with fruits high in Vitamin C to ensure maximal absorption.


Allysia said...

I love stirring blackstrap into my breakfast oats, with pumpkin and banana! Mmmm! :) Also, gotta love how much calcium it provides too!

Anonymous said...

Also stir mine into my steel cut oats with Sunflower seeds and Date Pieces.

Another favorite has become microwaving a cup of soy or almond milk and stirring in a teaspoon of the BSM. Almost like a warm hot cocoa drink.

postzoom said...

We are looking for great blogs and we would love it if you registered yours with us.

PostZoom is a directory of the best blog posts which helps readers find great blog posts and our goal is to help blog owners drive more traffic to their blog.

If you are interested in joining, please check us out!

Eric Castelli

Anonymous said...

Hi, I have been a ovo-lacto vegetarian for 11 years. Just found your blog. I am interested to know all vegetarian friends and keen to have healthy vegetarian meals together. MSN:

dreamy said...

Thanks for all your suggestions on ways to take blackstrap molasses :)

Vinny said...


I would like to buy blackstrap molasses too..but which Fortune Centre outlet are you referring to? The one at Bugis?


dreamy said...

Yes the fortune centre near the Guan Yin temple at bugis. On the 1st storey. They don't stock up a lot, so it may be out of stock sometimes. Alternatively you can get the other brands of BSM from the same outlet, or other outlets like Yes Natural etc.

Anonymous said...

went to Fortune Centre,
cant find the bsm you mentioned.
What is the name of the shop or unit no?
Thank you

dreamy said...

Hi anonymous,
The shop that sells the vegetarian goods - I don't know it's name. They do not stock up this product regularly, but they have other brands of BSM which is slightly more ex.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Copyright © 2012