In the initial fermentation process, you need lots of sugar to feed the grains and support the fermentation process. But we can be savvy about which sugar we pick.
By adding a 1 : 4 ratio of Blackstrap Molasses with granulated sugar, we are actually increasing the nutrient density of the water even more. (recipe below)
Blackstrap molasses is a byproduct of sugar cane’s refining process. Sugar cane is mashed to create juice. It’s then boiled once to create cane syrup. A second boiling creates molasses. After this syrup has been boiled a third time, a dark viscous liquid emerges which is called Blackstrap Molasses.
This is syrup has the lowest sugar content of any cane sugar derivative and is incredibly nutrient dense. It contains vital vitamins and minerals, such as:
- vitamin B6
As such, blackstrap molasses is touted as a superfood. In the west, we know this blackstrap molasses is good for:
Nourishing blood for people with anemia as it’s a great source of iron. About 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses contains 20 percent of the daily value for iron.
Great for bone health. Blackstrap molasses contains both calcium and magnesium, so it can help you guard against osteoporosis. About 1 tablespoon of blackstrap molasses provides 8 percent of the daily value for calcium and 10 percent for magnesium.
Support heart health and reduce hypertension due to its potassium rich nature. One tablespoon of some blackstrap molasses brands can have as much potassium as half a banana, which is about 300 milligrams per tablespoon.
Benefits of Blackstrap Molasses in Chinese Medicine
In terms of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) molasses is known for its ability to tonify Qi and Blood.
The flavour of molasses is sweet, and it is considered to be warm in temperature and therefore nourish the Spleen. One of the primary functions of the Spleen is to manufacture Blood, so by nourishing one we inherently nourish the other.