Sweet sugary goodness
Sugar is often condemned, but according to the Sunshine Sugar team, it's not all bad news. Here are some interesting facts on two sugar byproducts that are easier to swallow.
Molassas – the delicious health food
- Molassess, also known as black treacle, is a thick, dark brown juice obtained from raw sugar during the refining process, and is used as a sweetener in food products.
- A great stress buster, the B vitamins, calcium and magnesium in molasses promote a rise in serotonin levels in the brain, which can help to control mood, prevent depression and fatigue, and combat stress and anxiety.
- The iron and B vitamins in molasses support the nervous system and brain function, improving focus and potentially aiding in the remedy of ADHD.
- Molasses’ high iron levels make it a great form of natural supplement for women during menstruation to replace lost iron and improve mood.
- The lactic acid in molasses serves as a natural treatment for acne and other skin conditions. Consuming molasses can accelerate the healing time of cuts, wounds, burns and signs of acne.
- As a high antioxidant food, molasses can help reduce free radicals in the body, which may help to prevent cancer.
- The low glycaemic index of molasses naturally slows metabolisation of glucose and carbohydrate, resulting in less insulin production and more stable blood sugar levels. Glucose tolerance is also assisted through the high level of chromium in molasses.
Sugar cane juice – a nutritious sweet drink
- Squeezed from the sugar cane plant, sugar cane juice is rich in phosphorous, iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium, and is a good source of glucose, which rehydrates the body and serves as a great energy boost. Its richness in minerals and vitamins also makes it an alkaline forming food, and has potential cancer-fighting benefits.
- Packed with antioxidants, sugar cane juice can help to fight infections and boost the body’s immune system.
- High in potassium, sugar cane juice acts as a good digestive aid, helping keep the digestive system in good shape, prevents stomach infections and is useful in treating constipation.
- While a sweet drink, sugar cane juice’s high mineral content actually helps protect against tooth decay and bad breath.
- Glycolic acid, which is a type of alpha-hydroxy acid that is naturally occurring in sugar cane, fights acne, reduces skin blemishes, keeps skin hydrated and prevents signs of skin ageing.
For more information on molasses and sugar cane juice, visit www.sunshinesugar.com.au
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