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Query from: Vij, Mumbai, India, 03/01/09
Topic: OTHER_FOOD AND BEVERAGES      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Subject: Blackstrap Molasses in India

i live in Mumbai and wanted to know where i could buy blackstrap molasses? also, whats it called in Hindi and Marathi?

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Response from: M Parvati,   
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In India you can find it as gud or jaggery. Make sure you get the black one not the light brown.

Here's more info on it from http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?…:

The thick viscous syrup we call blackstrap molasses that provides the robust bittersweet flavor to baked beans and gingerbread is available throughout the year.

Blackstrap molasses is just one type of molasses, the dark liquid byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into table sugar. It is made from the third boiling of the sugar syrup and is therefore the concentrated byproduct left over after the sugar's sucrose has been crystallized. Health Benefits

Blackstrap molasses is a sweetener that is actually good for you. Unlike refined white sugar and corn syrup, which are stripped of virtually all nutrients except simple carbohydrates, or artificial sweeteners like saccharine or aspartame, which not only provide no useful nutrients but have been shown to cause health problems in sensitive individuals, blackstrap molasses is a healthful sweetener that contains significant amounts of a variety of minerals that promote your health.

Iron for Energy

In addition to providing quickly assimilated carbohydrates, blackstrap molasses can increase your energy by helping to replenish your iron stores. Blackstrap molasses is a very good source of iron. Particularly for menstruating women, who are more at risk for iron deficiency, boosting iron stores with blackstrap molasses is a good idea--especially because, in comparison to red meat, a well known source of iron, blackstrap molasses provides more iron for less calories and is totally fat-free. Iron is an integral component of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells, and is also part of key enzyme systems for energy production and metabolism. And, if you're pregnant or lactating, your needs for iron increase. Growing children and adolescents also have increased needs for iron. Just 2 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses will sweetly provide you with 13.3% of the daily recommended value for iron.

A Spoonful of Molasses Helps Your Calcium Needs Go Down

Blackstrap molasses is a very good source of calcium. Calcium, one of the most important minerals in the body, is involved in a variety of physiological activities essential to life, including the ability of the heart and other muscles to contract, blood clotting, the conduction of nerve impulses to and from the brain, regulation of enzyme activity, and cell membrane function. Calcium is needed to form and maintain strong bones and teeth during youth and adolescence, and to help prevent the loss of bone that can occur during menopause and as a result of rheumatoid arthritis. Calcium binds to and removes toxins from the colon, thus reducing the risk of colon cancer, and because it is involved in nerve conduction, may help prevent migraine attacks. Two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses will meet 11.8% of your daily needs for calcium.

An Energizing Mineral-Dense Sweetener

Molasses is also an excellent source of copper and manganese and a very good source of potassium, and magnesium.

Copper, an essential component of many enzymes, plays a role in a wide range of physiological processes including iron utilization, elimination of free radicals, development of bone and connective tissue, and the production of the skin and hair pigment called melanin. Numerous health problems can develop when copper intake is inadequate, including iron deficiency anemia, ruptured blood vessels, osteoporosis, joint problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, brain disturbances, elevated LDL (bad) cholesterol and reduced HDL (good) cholesterol levels, irregular heartbeat, and increased susceptibility to infections. Using two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses to sweeten your morning cereal and the coffee or tea you drink during the day will supply you with 14.0% of the daily recommended value for copper.

That same amount of blackstrap molasses will also provide you with 18.0% of the day's needs for manganese. This trace mineral helps produce energy from protein and carbohydrates, and is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids that are important for a healthy nervous system and in the production of cholesterol that is used by the body to produce sex hormones. Manganese is also a critical component of an important antioxidant enzyme called superoxide dismutase. Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is found exclusively inside the body's mitochondria (the oxygen-based energy factories inside most of our cells) where it provides protection against damage from the free radicals produced during energy production.

Like calcium, potassium plays an important role in muscle contraction and nerve transmission. When potassium is deficient in the diet, activity of both muscles and nerves can become compromised. Potassium is an especially important mineral for atheletes since it is involved in carbohydrate storage for use by muscles as fuel and is also important in maintaining the body's proper electrolyte and acid-base (pH) balance. When potassium levels drop too low, muscles get weak, and athletes tire more easily during exercise, as potassium deficiency causes a decrease in glycogen (the fuel used by exercising muscles) storage. Simply by adding two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses to your morning smoothie, you can supply 9.7% of your potassium needs for the day along with a healthy dose of carbohydrates to burn.

Calcium's balancing major mineral, magnesium is also necessary for healthy bones and energy production. About two-thirds of the magnesium in the human body is found in our bones. Some helps give bones their physical structure, while the rest is found on the surface of the bone where it is stored for the body to draw upon as needed. Magnesium, by balancing calcium, helps regulate nerve and muscle tone. In many nerve cells, magnesium serves as Nature's own calcium channel blocker, preventing calcium from rushing into the nerve cell and activating the nerve. By blocking calcium's entry, magnesium keeps our nerves (and the blood vessels and muscles they ennervate) relaxed. If our diet provides us with too little magnesium, however, calcium can gain free entry, and the nerve cell can become overactivated, sending too many messages and causing excessive contraction. Insufficient magnesium can thus contribute to high blood pressure, muscle spasms (including spasms of the heart muscle or the spasms of the airways symptomatic of asthma), and migraine headaches, as well as muscle cramps, tension, soreness and fatigue. In two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses, you will receive 7.3% of the daily value for magnesium.

Switching from nutrient-poor sweeteners like white sugar or corn syrup, or from potentially harmful fake sweeteners like aspartame or saccharin to nutrient-dense blackstrap molasses is one simple way that eating healthy can sweeten your life.

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Response from: @ KaRtiKa,   
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hi

the thick viscous syrup we call blackstrap molasses that provides the robust bittersweet flavor to baked beans and gingerbread is available throughout the year.

Blackstrap molasses is just one type of molasses, the dark liquid byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into table sugar. It is made from the third boiling of the sugar syrup and is therefore the concentrated byproduct left over after the sugar's sucrose has been crystallized.

Blackstrap molasses is a sweetener that is actually good for you. Unlike refined white sugar and corn syrup, which are stripped of virtually all nutrients except simple carbohydrates, or artificial sweeteners like saccharine or aspartame, which not only provide no useful nutrients but have been shown to cause health problems in sensitive individuals, blackstrap molasses is a healthful sweetener that contains significant amounts of a variety of minerals that promote your health.

. Blackstrap molasses is a very good source of iron. Particularly for menstruating women, who are more at risk for iron deficiency,

Blackstrap molasses is a very good source of calcium

Molasses is also an excellent source of copper and manganese and a very good source of potassium, and magnesium.

you can get Blackstrap Molasses any food stores..other wise check the following link you can see online shooping

http://www.mysimon.com/9000-10954_8…

http://www.yankeegrocery.com/brer_r…

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Response from: Mrs. Sai Sai,   
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Vij,

Please try for Blackstrap molasses in Organic Food Stores in Mumbai

Organic Food Stores in Mumbai

Navdanya

Room No. D-5, Plot No. 92, Varsova, Andheri West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Panchvati

Address: 101, Maker Chambers III, Nariman Point, Mumbai - 400021, Maharashtra, India

Aarogyam - Farmer's Initiative for Organic Foods Address: 301 Tata Colony Navghar road (Pallavi CHS), Third Floor, Mulund East, Mumbai 400081, Maharashtra, India

Rozana Foods Pvt Ltd

Address: 3, Dalmia Building, T H Kataria Marg, Matunga (W), Mumbai

Dosti Organics

Address: Arya Sopa Premises, 16, Hansaraj Lane, Byculla (E), Mumbai,

Dadi Ma's Foods Pvt Ltd

101, Maker Chambers III, Nariman Point, Mumbai, India Phone: +91 9969059557 You can also see this link for Fabindia Organics stores

http://www.fabindia.com/storesfront…

Fabindia Organics Inorbit Mall F-2, First Floor, Inorbit Mall, Link Road Malad (West) Mumbai - 400064

Ph: +91-22-66419989, 28779977

Store Timings: 11:00 am to 9:00 pm; Open all days of the week

You can also see

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?…

http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies…

Blackstrap molasses is just one type of molasses, the dark liquid byproduct of the process of refining sugar cane into table sugar.

It is made from the third boiling of the sugar syrup and is therefore the concentrated byproduct left over after the sugar's sucrose has been crystallized.

Health Benefits

Blackstrap molasses is a healthful sweetener that contains significant amounts of a variety of minerals that promote your health.

Iron for Energy

In addition to providing quickly assimilated carbohydrates, blackstrap molasses can increase your energy by helping to replenish your iron stores. Blackstrap molasses is a very good source of iron. Blackstrap molasses provides more iron for less calories and is totally fat-free.

Iron is an integral component of hemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells, and is also part of key enzyme systems for energy production and metabolism.

Growing children and adolescents have increased needs for iron. Just 2 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses will sweetly provide you with 13.3% of the daily recommended value for iron.

A Spoonful of Molasses Helps Your Calcium Needs Blackstrap molasses is a very good source of calcium. Calcium, one of the most important minerals in the body, is involved in a variety of physiological activities essential to life, including the ability of the heart and other muscles to contract, blood clotting, the conduction of nerve impulses to and from the brain, regulation of enzyme activity, and cell membrane function.

Calcium is needed to form and maintain strong bones and teeth during youth and adolescence, and to help prevent the loss of bone that can occur as a result of rheumatoid arthritis.

Calcium binds to and removes toxins from the colon, thus reducing the risk of colon cancer, and because it is involved in nerve conduction, may help prevent migraine attacks. Two teaspoons of blackstrap molasses will meet 11.8% of your daily needs for calcium.

Molasses is also an excellent source of copper and manganese and a very good source of potassium, and magnesium.

How to Select and Store

Look for blackstrap molasses that is unsulphured since not only does it not contain this processing chemical to which some people are sensitive, but it has a cleaner and more clarified taste.

Blackstrap molasses made from organic sugar cane is also available in some markets.

Molasses should be stored in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator or a cool, dry place. Unopened containers should keep for about one year, while opened containers should keep for about six months.

Please see http://www.whfoods.com/recipestoc.p… for Recipes

A Few Quick Serving Ideas:

Adding molasses to baked beans will give them that traditionally robust flavor.

Molasses imparts a wonderfully distinctive flavor to cookies and gingerbread cakes.

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Response from: NEERAJA NAVEEN,   
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Blackstrap is also an alkaline food, in that it helps balance the bodys ph, for information...the body can only get sick when it is in an acidic state, cancer and other illness thrive on an acidic body, it is important that we keep the alkaline up and ph at 7.5 or very close. White sugar is acidic due to the processing. Blackstrap is good for dermatitis and helps regenerate nerve fibers in the spinal chord, it is also good for calming the nerves, anemia, uncle arthor,eczema, constipation, psoriasis, fatigue, fingernails and hair.

I get my B/S Molasses from the local health food store, I dont look for name brand so much as I look for "organic" "unsulferd" and "pure". I put a tablespoon of the thick stuff in a cold glass of milk each night its taste is something like chocolate milk with a punch! Oh and the grey hair? It may work for some people but I take it regularly .

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Response from: PADMA SHREE GOVARDHANAM,   
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It is close enough to shoft variety of Gud(jaggery) that comes in Earthern ware(mutkey or Matlu, or Matla no gur), available all over India, but mainy in Surat.

Worth a try.

Darker one is burnt a little. Most molaases is slightly fermanted, a touch of active vineger can produce the same effects try that too on very small scale.

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Response from: PUNDALIK ADKAR,   
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Please visit Princess Street in Mumbai. There you will get blackstrap molasses & people can understand it. So no need to ask in Hindi or marathi. BRER RABBIT MOLASSES is famous in Mumbai.

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Response from: Paul Kumar,   
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black strap molasses is a cousin to gur but it is fermented - you can ferment it with live active apple cider vinegar. Health food stores in downtown mumbai can order it if you have a big enough order.

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Response from: prasoona lakshmi,   
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Hi check the below site http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthi… http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies…

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