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Depending on your age or profession you may or may not already be familiar with Blackstrap Molasses. The actual etymology of Molasses is an Americanism dating back to about 1875 and refers to the Greek ‘Mel’ for honey. In the UK it’s just as often referred to as ‘Black Treacle’. Once you get to know a little about it, both seem equally apt.
Molasses are actually the byproduct from the process of sugar refining. Legend has it that when the sugar cane fields were ready for harvest, the farmers would set fire to the plantations to burn away the leaves and scare off any snakes. The result would leave hot, charred cane which the farmers would then press for their dark, sugary, viscous syrup. The process was then repeated, heating the sugar three times in total until only the Molasses (and of course, the sugar) were left.
It is for this reason that Swanson Blackstrap Molasses with Iron are actually far less sweet than refined sugar because the sugar has mostly been removed. So why would anyone want to put ‘sugar waste’ into their body?
Whilst the majority of the sucrose and ‘food value’ from the original juice has been crystallised and removed at this stage, unlike refined sugars, it still contains vitamins and significant amounts of several minerals. As a result, the Molasses have been used as everything from a cheap sweetener, to cattle feed to, eventually, a potent dietary supplement.
Swanson Blackstrap Molasses with Iron are the very manifestation of advancing science, embracing a more practical, healthier technology to Molasses and Iron supplementation. By creating a more stable, tablet form of the Molasses and adding Ferrous Sulphate (Iron), Swanson have created a mineral solution for the everyday.
You might know Molasses better for the flavouring they give sweet treats such as gingerbread or if you’re a booze aficionado then you’ll be familiar with their role in making rum but the truth is that since the 1960s and 70s when nutritive supplementation really stepped into the mainstream, they have always been a great source of minerals.
What’s perhaps most fascinating about Swanson Blackstrap Molasses with Iron is that they are actually pretty much the only ‘sweetener’ of any nutritive value whatsoever. It will come of no surprise to learn that white and brown sugar have no minerals or vitamins in them but did you realise that honey offers almost no nutritional content either?
According to official guidelines, Blackstrap Molasses provides more than 10 percent of the recommended dietary allowance, or RDA, of six vitamins and minerals. Chief amongst those is its iron content. A single serving contains 0.94 milligram of iron, which amounts to 12% of our RDA.
We need Iron because it helps create ATP, the principal chemical source of fuel for our cells. We also use it to aid oxygen transport in our red blood cells. Consuming iron-rich foods, like molasses, can prevent the fatigue linked to iron deficiency.
To be used as a dietary supplement. Take one capsule once per day with food and water.
Other ingredients: Gelatin, rice flour, microcrystalline cellulose (plant fiber), silica, blackstrap molasses powder, magnesium stearate.
If you are currently on another medication, or have other medical, allergic or pre-existing complications that may interfere with this supplement PLEASE seek medical advice from a physician before use.
Keep out of reach of children.
Do not exceed the recommended dose.
Do not take if the outer seal is broken or damaged upon purchase.