Health Benefits of Molasses

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Health benefits of molasses include the lowering of blood pressure and the prevention of cramps in muscles. Learn about the potassium and iron contained in molasses with help from a registered and licensed dietitian in this free video on health and nutrition.

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My name is Christine Marquette and I am a registered dietitian with Marquette Nutrition and Fitness and I have been asked about the health benefits of molasses. Molasses, if you look at a tablespoon of molasses it actually has almost 300 mgs. of potassium. That's a lot of potassium in a very small dose so that is one of the biggest benefits of molasses is that it is a very good source of potassium so it is something that could be included in a heart healthy diet in someone who is looking at foods that may help with lowering blood pressure because any type of foods with a lot of potassium has been associated with lowering blood pressure. It also has a little bit of iron in it. Again a tablespoon is a very small quantity so if you are looking at something to sweeten perhaps a beverage molasses does have a very strong flavor to it. A tablespoon is a fairly large amount if it was say just a cup of tea but if you having a larger larger size beverage or if you were looking at a potential sweetener for different products that you are making or if you are making maybe a pitcher of some type of beverage, some type of tea molasses could be a good choice because you are getting some residual iron in there, a few other vitamins as well but you are primarily getting a lot of potassium and again that is very beneficial for your blood pressure. In addition it is very beneficial for your muscles in preventing cramps of various types so the primary benefits of molasses are its high potassium as far as its actually helping lower blood pressure and helping maintain your muscle function preventing all sorts of muscle cramps.

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