Everyone reading this probably uses sugar at some point in their day/week, right? There are tons of different sugars, from regular table sugar, coconut sugar, brown sugar, date sugar, cane sugar, and other sweeteners such as honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, agave nectar, barley malt, black strap molasses, and corn syrup.
When we eat sugar, we’re probably not too concerned with how healthy it is because we know that sugar isn’t healthy and that is not our purpose for eating it. However, what if I told you that there were two sugars that have tons of health benefits to them? Well, it’s true.. and those would be Date Sugar and Black Strap Molasses: the healthiest sugars.
Dr. Michael Greger explains in the video below that most sugars are just empty calories; yes, even maple syrup and agave nectar. However, date sugar is the healthiest sweetener on the planet. He says how it’s not really ‘sugar’, it’s just dried dates pulsed into a powder. And since it’s the only whole plant food on there, it contains all it’s fiber and nutrients as any other fruit.
Benefits of dates include:
- Good for digestion/aids in constipation. Dates have high levels of soluble fiber, which is essential in promoting healthy bowel movements and the comfortable passage of food through the intestinal tract, which can relieve symptoms of constipation.(x)
- Bone strength: The significant amounts of minerals found in dates make it a super food for strengthening bones and fighting off painful and debilitating diseases like osteoporosis. Dates contain selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, all of which are integral to healthy bone development and strength.(x)
- High in iron/good for anemia: The high level of iron balances out the inherent lack of iron in anemic patients, increasing energy and strength, while decreasing feelings of fatigue and sluggishness.(x)
- Nervous System Health: The vitamins present in dates make it an ideal boost to nervous system health and functionality.(x)
- Sexual Weakness: Studies have shown that dates are even beneficial for increasing sexual stamina. (x)
- Abdominal Cancer: Research has pointed towards dates being a legitimate way to reduce the risk and impact of abdominal cancer. (x)
Black Strap Molasses
Black Strap Molasses also contains many vitamins and nutrients. Although it has an acquired taste that many don’t like, you should still give it a try to add some extra nutrients into your meals. I take 1 tbsp every morning and since I don’t really like the taste that much, I take a big gulp of orange juice after.
“It has the lowest sugar content of any sugar cane product. The wonderment of blackstrap molasses is that it’s unlike refined sugar, which has zero nutritional value. Blackstrap molasses contains vital vitamins and minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium.”
- It can be digested slower, which helps stabilize blood sugar in the body. (x)
- Blackstrap molasses contains both calcium and magnesium, so it can help you guard against osteoporosis. About 5 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses contains 50 percent of the recommended daily allowance of calcium, 95 percent of iron, and 38 percent of magnesium. (x)
- Great for people with anemia: Blackstrap molasses is a good source of iron. About 5 tablespoons of blackstrap molasses contains 95 percent of your daily allowance of iron. (x)
- Good for diabetics: Unlike refined sugar, blackstrap molasses has a moderate glycemic load of 55. This makes it a good sugar substitute for diabetics and individuals who are seeking to avoid blood sugar spikes. Moreover, one serving of blackstrap contains no fat and only 32 calories, making it suitable for a weight loss diet. (x)
- Blackstrap is a natural stool softener that can improve the regularity and quality of your bowel movements.(x)
- Two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses also contains 18 percent of our RDI of manganese (which helps produce energy from proteins and carbohydrates), 9.7 percent of our RDI of potassium (which plays an important role in nerve transmission and muscle contraction), 5 percent of our RDI of vitamin B6 (which aids brain and skin development) and 3.4 percent of our RDI of selenium, an important antioxidant. (x)