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Molasses makes for a healthy sweetener

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Here's a sweetener you probably haven't thought of using lately: Good old-fashioned molasses! It's what Wellness Expert Peggy Hall calls one of her favorite  "forgotten foods," because she believe it's a better choice for you than sugar.

"Back in the day, molasses was a lot more popular than it is now," Peggy explains. "Think of good old-fashioned molasses cookies, baked beans and fruitcake -- they all were made with molasses."

Peggy says that molasses is a great choice for a natural sweetener because it is a rich source of calcium, magnesium potassium and iron. It even contains some essential fatty acids.

"Sugar, on the other hand, has zero nutrients, which makes it empty calories," adds Peggy. 

Molasses provides 20 percent of daily recommended amounts of calcium, potassium, iron and magnesium. Peggy recommends that you use up to a tablespoon a day as a sweetener instead of sugar.

"I like to drizzle it on toast or oatmeal, add it to a smoothie or yogurt, or put a little in your coffee for a sweet, caramel-flavored treat," she says.

An interesting tidbit is that molasses is actually the by-product of sugar production. The process of turning sugar cane or beets into refined sugar leaves all the good stuff behind: B vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals...and this is what's in the molasses!

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