The Paleo List Answers:Is Molasses Paleo?
Molasses, the sweet, rich, deep, and caramel-ly sugar substitute sounds dangerously good. We’ve seen this thick syrup referred to as the number one primal sugar, but with so many other sugar scams on the market, how can we be sure? What makes it better than honey, stevia or coconut sap sugar? There are plenty of so-called healthy sweeteners out there, but many of them are only shades better than high fructose corn syrup. We’re here to see if molasses is one of them, or if this sweet concoction is actually the real deal.
What is Molasses?
Molasses comes from the sugarcane plant. It is made by boiling cane syrup a second time, and for the more common blackstrap molasses, by boiling this syrup a third time. That’s it. The problem with common table sugar lies in the refining process, which molasses doesn’t suffer from. Today’s regular white table sugar (pure sucrose) is completely void of natural nutrients and minerals, and concentrated to be much sweeter than anything cavemen would have found while gathering. So, fortunately for us, pure molasses contains all of those nutritive compounds lacking in table sugar, making it a source of calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and copper. It’s just about as close to the source as possible, with a deeper and less concentrated flavor than cane syrup. The sources are right; molasses is the optimal primal sweetener!
Is Molasses Paleo?
YES, molasses is a safe and healthy addition to your Paleo lifestyle, but remember, all sweet things in moderation. It is highly recommended that you follow this guide at Mark’s Daily Apple before falling for the marketing scams of sugar. Nowadays, you can buy different types of molasses in just about every grocery or health food store, but we recommend organic blackstrap molasses.
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