Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- Molasses Tips
- Nutritional Comparison of Molasses Brands
- Acid Reflux
- Arthritic Pain
- Blackstrap Molasses And High Iron Levels
- Blackstrap Molasses Dosage
- Blackstrap Molasses in Capsules
- Blood Count Increase
- Canker Sores
- Carpal Tunnel
- Fruit Trees
- General Feedback
- Gray Hair
- Heart Health
- Hot Flashes
- Immune System
- Iron Content
- Low Iron Count
- Menstrual Issues
- Molasses Book Reviews
- Molasses Daily Dosages
- Molasses Recipes
- Molasses Side Effects
- Molasses Tips
- Molasses Vs. Demerara Sugar
- Multiple Cures
- Nose Bleeds
- Nutritional Value
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Side Effects
- Skin Rashes
- Sleep Issues
- Stomach Pain
- Sugar Cravings
- Sugar Substitute
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Uterine Polyp
- Weight Loss
- Where to Buy Molasses
11/16/2011: Anon from Anon: "I can't stand the taste of blackstrap molasses but it seems you have to take it awhile to get the hair color back. Anyone else here feel that way and have a trick to get it down? I tried warming it in some water and taking it as a shot but it was intense nastiness. I also tried adding the warmed BSM to my ACV-BS mix but it's so hard for me to swallow. I really want the benefits of it and hope there is some trick. It's just a flavor I abhor. Thanks."Replies
11/16/2011: Alexandra from Cheshire, England replies: "I enjoy drinking BSM. I usually have one teaspoon in a mug of warm water with a pinch of sea salt. (I do not like it with ACV. ) You could try it in warm milk.
My daughter had bad period pains but would not take BSM, so I made her cocoa with it in. I told her she wouldn't like it, but she drank it all and said it tasted ok, and she felt better in about an hour. I made it with 1 teaspoon cocoa in a mug of hot water, stirred in 1 teaspoon BSM then added a little cold milk.
If you really cannot drink it, how about putting it in your cooking. The spices in a curry would mask the flavour, or make some parkin (oatmeal cake) - delicious!"
11/17/2011: Carly from Seattle, Wa - Usa replies: "I will say - I wanted to GAG the first time I drank the (unsulphered) BSM in water. It was such a strong flavor, it really did NOT taste like something I could do on a daily basis, but I really wanted to try it because of all of the great things I had read on here about it.
I tried using less of it in my coffee the next day, and it tasted quite a bit better. The coffee really helped.
I now use one tablespoon of it in my (1) smaller sized cup of coffee every morning - and I can now say that I would really miss it if I were to run out of it - which I have not, as I always keep a spare bottle on hand!
A word to the wise though - start with a teaspoon, and work your way up to using more, or be prepared to stay by the bathroom for an hour after taking it. It WILL make your bowels regular. Sorry if TMI. ;-) ~Carly"
11/17/2011: Anon from Anon replies: "Thanks Alexandra, great ideas! I don't like hot beverages in general but I do like hot cocoa in the winter and hot soups year round. Never thought of adding it, I will try it in these. Thanks!"
11/17/2011: Dud from The Woods, Wv, Usa replies: "Anon; I also hate the taste of blackstrap molasses. I finallly found this recipe, that tastes good;
Jar, with lid, 8 ounce
Milk , cold, 6 oz. Carob powder, 1 tsp. B. S. Molasses, 2 tsp. Put in the jar , shake well, until all the molasses is dissolved. It will now taste like chocolate milk. For some reason, carob powder mixed with milk and a sweetener tastes exactly like cocoa. In no other recipe does it taste like cocoa. The molasses taste will now be disguised as a rich chocolate milk drink. [ I do not know if cocoa powder will also work in this drink, I never tried it.... It might. ]"
11/18/2011: Lisa from S. California, Ca, Usa replies: "Milk / calcium interferes with iron absorption. Try it with chocolate Rice milk."
11/18/2011: Anon from Anon replies: "I'm not much of a coffee drinker but might become one then (black coffee upsets my stomach sometimes). But I'll also give a try to the cocoa as well as the carob with a milk alternative as mentioned. Thanks everyone!"
01/08/2012: Linda from New Haven, Connecticut replies: "Lisa, thank you so much for the information about calcium interferring with iron absorption. I've only just started taking the molasses (on my second day) & was adding it to my milk with my turmeric & cayenne pepper.
It was delicious but I see now I'd better take it with something else. Perhaps my ACV & water will do."
02/21/2012: Hippy_chick from Perth, Western Australia, Australia replies: "Hi all - I am also having trouble getting the blackstrap molasses down. I've tried adding it to some of the other concoctions I've been brewing and taking, even my green smoothies in the mornings which sometimes I love with honey, and just find I can't stand the taste.
What is working for me at the moment is in the morning I make a pot of tea (I have a 3 pot teapot) and putting a teaspoon of molasses in it. With all that water and the taste of the tea it isn't too bad. I then make another teapot in the afternoon and mix another teaspoon into it. I love herbal teas and find it's a great way to up my water intake so this is easy enough for me. However, 2 tsp of molasses a day is all I can manage at this point...
02/22/2012: My from Tucson, Arizona replies: "For those of you who do stir frys, drizzle the molasses over the veggies while stir frying. I find this actually enhances the over-taste of the stir fry and thickens the juices."
[YEA] 04/05/2012: Sparkle from Micanopy, Florida, Usa replies: "I just tried Grandma's Molasses (unsulfured) in a cup of lemon ginger tea and loved it. It looks like coffee!
*1 cup water
*1 Lemon Ginger tea bag
*1 Teaspoon Grandma's Molasses (or any Blackstrap brand)
*1 Teaspoon honey
Boil water, pour into cup w/tea bag and stir in the molasses and honey. Cover cup and let steep for five minutes.
It was delicious! I think this could be, aside from the medicinal aspects, a terrific substitute for coffee if anyone is trying to quit."
07/06/2011: Ginger from Toronto, Canada: "As a lot of people adding the black strap molasses to milk be it almond or soy, when milk is sweetened it has a very bad effect in the body and the health benefits are reduced
milk sweetened increases the amount of mucus your body produces - hence, you wake with a lot of blowing of the nose in the morning with large amount of clear nasal discharge even throughout the day
one will then have to drink at least 16oz of fresh carrot juice daily to cleanse the mucus from the body
see the book counsels on diets and foods
03/17/2011: Bondgirl from Nyc, Usa: "A great way to take Black Strap Molasses if you're finding it difficult to consume is adding it to sparkling water, it tastes like an organic version of coca cola. Add a twist of lemon and ice for a refreshing drink. "Replies
02/18/2013: Bodine from Columbus, Ohio, Usa replies: "I have been reading about the benefits of blackstrap molasses and wanted to add it to my diet. I am responding to you while drinking 1 tbls. mixed with 8 ozs. sparkling water and ice. It is great, reminds me of Coca cola syrup or a weak root beer. Thanks for the recipe."
02/24/2011: T from St. James, New York: "A cashier told me about a remedy of molasses you find in a health food store, mixed with beet juice, and taken every morning- that it will cure anything wrong with the body. It is what they used in her country (Islands). She added that the molasses could be taken with any fruit juice to substitute beet juice. Have not tried it yet.
Fresh squeezed fruit juice is a live whole food (full nutrient density) and turns the body alkaline when ingested, where as in processed juices full of added sugars where the nutrient density-(phyto nutrients, probiotics, enzymes, caritinoids, etc) has been destroyed, turns the ph acidy. Your body needs these nutrients for cell reproduction and organ functions. Nutritional Genomics is in its infancy. Our government is just finding this out and promoting it through fruit and veggies matter.gov along with many other government agencies (partners) such as the Center for Disease Control- CDC. gov This will be an interesting remedy to try.
Here is an interesting fact sheet about Iron from the Ohio State Universtiy Extension. ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/5000/5559.html
PS will check back in a couple of months and post my remedy results."
02/25/2011: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Thanks for this new remedy but doesn't molasses only dilute in warm liquids? I drink fresh pressed fruit juices very often (pressed in a masticating juicer as not to kills all the good things in them), also beet juice although fresh beets are not easy to find here in France as everybody buys them cooked and packed in plastic in the supermarket. But please tell me if you manage to dilute the molasses easily in a cold juice!"
01/08/2012: Linda from New Haven, Connecticut replies: "Hi Francisca. I know that the molasses WILL easily dissolve in a cold drink as I had been taking it in cold milk for the past two days. I'm now switching to water along with ACV as I've just learned that the calcium in the milk will inhibit the iron absorption from the BSM."
07/28/2010: Michelle from Barling, Arkansas: "I have been taking Blackstrap Molasses for about 6 months now and I was just on the site and saw that you pour boiling water over it before you mix it with soy milk.. I am just wondering why and if I need to start this step or is it ok to skip the boiling water and drink it in soy milk.. Thank you"
[YEA] 11/10/2009: Briana from Chicago, Il: "Molasses Chai
I created the following recipe because I was trying to take several superfoods listed on this site every day and I couldn't stand the taste of the Blackstrap Molasses or the Turmeric. So I drink two cups of Molasses Chai a day:
Start with 8 oz of hot water. Then add one chai tea bag (a tea blend including chai spices). While the tea steeps mix in 1 Tbsp of blackstrap molasses, 1 Tbsp of honey (raw is better), 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 2 dashes of turmeric. At this point stop to stir in the turmeric to dissolve the water soluble portion. Then add some milk (about 1/4 cup). U can substitute soy/rice milk etc. Mix in the milk and remove the tea bag. Add 1 Tbsp of coconut oil (virgin is better) and mix to dissolve turmeric in CO.
Other than looking kind of funny because it will have a yellow tinted layer of oil on the top it will taste fine. Don't forget the vanilla it masks the flavor of the molasses. If it still tastes bad to you then put in less BSM, turmeric, and/or VCO until you get used to the flavor."
[YEA] 10/09/2009: Anne from Redford, Mi: "Blackstrap Molasses Recipe:
Black Strap Molasses BARBECUE sauce! Very simple... One part Blackstrap Molasses, One part Apple Cider Vinegar, One part mustard. Then just add any other spices/flavors to taste (like garlic, salt, pepper, honey, ect)
Yum! Easy, tasty way to eat molasses and acv."
[YEA] 03/18/2009: Dianna from Austin, Tx: "i wanted to take blackstrap molasses and after trying a teaspoon of it in my morning coffee had very bad side effects that included high blood sugar, diaherrea, cramps and dizziness. so i stopped after 2 days. however that month when my period came i noticed that i had no cramping or clots at all. so i realized that the molasses (even taken that 2 times with the bad side effects) had a good effect on my period. so i tried taking it again with similar side effects and had to stop.
however, i realized that i could eat it in cookies. it doesn't have side effects when i make whole wheat gingerbread cookies sweetened with molasses. so i figured maybe just taking it directly in coffee was what was the problem. so i tried putting 1/2 a teaspoon in my daily smoothie! success! now i am taking a teaspoon a day in my daily smoothie!
i thought i would post this for other people who for whatever reason found they couldn't take blackstrap molasses straight. seems that when it is mixed with food that it doesn't have any of the side effects - which from what i've learned seem to be from the natural occuring sulfites."
EC: Dianna, great tip -- thank you! Cross-posted to the remedy side effects page.
06/07/2009: PAMM from ALABASTER, AL replies: "Hello wanted to tell you I believe the reason you were having trouble with dizziness & your other symptoms is because some people cannot tolerate Molasses on a empty stomach. Because It has Iron in it which if you will read your suppose to take with food. I get nausea and dizzy & alot of other symptoms when I eat Iron on empty stomach. Also another reason is there is alot of sugar in Molasses. So When you don't eat and you take the molasses it causes your blood sugar to spike very quickly. And this can cause dizziness too, and a feeling of not feeling very well. Just make sure you take it with food (protein) and you won't have all these symptoms. As I can see you have found what works for you.. I hope that your getting the benefits out of it. Going Natural for Health Is The Best Way To Go! I just started this new treatment! Good Luck!@ (Holistic Medical Researcher)"
[YEA] 03/10/2009: Rachel from Chicago, IL: "I have tried black strap molasses in many different ways because it is not pleasant to taste. The way that I think is best is warming a cup of milk in the microwave, adding 1 tablespoon of bsm, and trying different teas. My favorite tea to use is a vanilla decaf. by Bigelow. This tastes very good. Caramel is also good. Milk tastes much better than water."
01/27/2009: Jude from Louisville, Ky: "I got my "house of herbs" BSM at Kroger 2.63 a jar. For people who don't like the taste of BSM this my help. When I was little my grandfather used to mix BSM and peanut butter together and put it on a piece of toasted heavy grain bread it was good then and its good now i don't know the exact measures he just put some peanut butter in a bowl and added BSM to it until it got the right color. Hope this helps."Replies
[YEA] 11/18/2011: Alexandra from Cheshire, England replies: "I have just tried the BSM mixed with peanut butter. I spread it on oatcakes (dry oat crackers). It was delicious. A quick, nutritious snack. Thank you."
03/20/2012: Jamie from Haslet, Texas, Usa replies: "I have to try the peanut butter, that sounds edible. I have been using the BSM for about a week, and my skin has not been so clear in years. My eczema is almost gone. The taste is really hard to get past though. I found that a smoothie is the best way to mask it. My recipe is:
- 1 large banana
- 4-5 ice cubes
- 1tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1tbsp organic coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of coffee to dissolve BSM and Coconut Oil.
- 1/4 cup milk, or water.
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder, or vanilla extract.
- Optional 1tsp cayenne pepper.
Blend well. You cannot even taste the Blackstrap anymore. It tastes like a banana muffin."
[YEA] 01/07/2009: Tina from River John, Nova Scotia, Canada: "I have come up with a great way to take black strap molasses and virgin coconut oil. I make fudge out of three ingredients. I take 2 tbls BSM, 2 TBLS VCO, 2 TBLS OF a peanut butter or any nut butter preferably organic but not necessary, I have even used nutella. I melt VCO by putting it in a dish placed in sink with hot waterfor a slow melt. Add the peanut butter mix until smooth and add the BSM mix until smooth. Pour into a flat dish and refrigerate until hard. Then I cut it into one tbls size squares.I take one square in the am and one in the pm.some would want to increase the amount of intake, but this is the right amount for me. i also take the weekend off from consuming this. I make this every few days so that it is always fresh. I would love some feedback on this if you like it or if someone sees a problem with taking it this way. Hope this helps people to stomach some of the things that can be hard to take. This actually tastes all right.
[YEA] 06/18/2009: Andrea from Templeton, CA, USA replies: "I made your fudge and added some ground organic cocoa beans that I had on hand. Very tasty... a lot like "regular" chocolate fudge"
06/23/2010: Katie from Tel Aviv, Israel replies: "Thanks for the recipe, Tina. Peanut butter sounds good, but I didn't have any on hand, so I made it with unprepared tehina paste (the thick stuff from which you make tehini salad). It also has a strong taste so it counters the molasses well. I added lots of chopped walnuts as well. Reasonably tasty."
06/24/2010: Francisca from Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France replies: "Be aware that peanuts often contain mold, peanut butter seems to contain a lot more than cocktail peanuts because they use the more affected ones in the butter as you won't notice it!"
[YEA] 10/19/2011: Ec6270 from South Florida, Fl, Us replies: "Love Tina's recipe, I adjusted a litte and use almond butter, VCO and unsweetened baking chocolate or cocoa which I mix while heaing in a pan with BSM. I add Grade B maple syrup and/or honey to tast as well as vanilla extract, perhaps a sprinkle of cinnamon, sometime mix in dried blueberries or cranberries - then refrigerate and eat a few tablespoons a day. In addition, I have gotten used to taking it straight by the tablespoonful and find it's like taking happy pills - puts me in a great mood and leaves me with great energy all day. Also have gotten a number of comments from people suggesting I have been coloring my hair darker. Love this stuff!"
[YEA] 09/07/2008: Joy from Ft Lauderdale, Florida: "I have been reading of the benefits for blackstrap molasses and although I am not repulsed by the organic taste, I do not find it quite "enjoyable". I read about another user putting the syrup in his coffee and I wanted to report back this morning after having just finished my coffee that is was TRULY enjoyable! And I mean that I really could not taste the BSM in my coffee at ALL. I know sometimes on this site, especially with the ACV, the recipes that are often touted as very tasty are not so, but this one is actually very good. It really just tastes like coffee. SO!
I fill a very large (16 ounce, it's one of those Starbuck's ones) mugs 2/3 with coffee (I buy Celestial Seasonings Organic Caramel Mocha, although I'll be switching to plain Organic after this bag)
After filling 2/3 full I add:
1 tbs BSM, but tomorrow I will try with 1.5 tbs since it went unnoticed at 1 tbs
1 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder (I use Scharffen Berger.... AWSOME)
And a full rounded teaspoon plus one half a rounded tsp of plain white sugar (yes, white sugar... don't yell... I suppose you could use honey or splenda or raw sugar, as long as it's fairly neutral and sweet)
And then I top it all off with Silk Vanilla Soymilk.
So in a nutshell:
2/3 mug of organic coffee
1 TBS BSM
1 TBS cocoa powder
1.5 ROUNDED tsp sugar of your choice
Fill to top with milk of choice
YUM! I can't wait to reap the benefits!!! I'm going to try upgrading to 1.5 tbs tomorrow!!
Oh, plus cocoa powder in hot water/milk I have recently read is going under scrutiny as possibly being more antioxidant-rich than GREEN TEA. WOO!! Add that cocoa powder and drink your health!!
[YEA] 08/03/2008: Mary from Concord, NH: "I cannot stand the taste of bsm! I put it in with some milk and ice and almost threw up. Then I put 1T. in with my morning protein shake, could barely detect it. My protein shake consists of 1 scoop choc. spirutein, 1 banana, plain fat-free yogurt, ground flax seed and water (no milk)."
[YEA] 04/11/2008: Martha from Ontario, Canada: "I have just started ACV for weight loss support and blackstrap molasses in hopes of reversing advancing gray hair.
This recipe made both products more palatable for me:
Mix in a tall glass until the BSM is dissolved. Add a full can of club soda or mineral water - be careful, it really fizzes. Stir lightly, add ice if desired, and enjoy. Sorta sweet, sorta tangy, nicely fizzy, dark brown. It's a taste that grows on you, sort of like Coke does."
[YEA] 03/20/2008: Mary from VA Beach, VA: "I just wanted to let readers know, that if you have trouble taking the BSM due to taste and consistency, it is really delicious in coffee. I always put a pinch of baking soda in my coffee to reduce the acid. I am a person who can eat just about anything, but I also know that if I don't care for the taste of something, I will not make a lifelong habit of taking it. I also found that you can't disguise the taste of ACV. Straight with a pinch of baking soda, and take it down in a couple of swallows, much easier than dragging it out."Replies
06/13/2008: JGR from Venice, Florida replies: "In reference to adding a pinch of baking soda to ACV to make it more palatable before drinking it. This may make it more palatable, but you are neutralizing the acidic quality of the ACV, rendering it useless in most cases."