Blackstrap Molasses, Traditional Food

Aye! Blackstrap Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce, an original recipe by SunbonnetSmart to be shared tomorrow, if ye be good and read what's below!
 
Fit for a pirate king, this gingerbread recipe scoffs at modern sweeteners and honey. It takes after the only common sweetener known up until the end of the 19th century, blackstrap molasses. Without refrigeration, foods were preserved with high sugar and salt contents, but refined sugar like we know it was expensive and only available to the very wealthy. Most colonial kitchens, and really, those up through the Civil War and after, would have used blackstrap molasses for sweetener.
 
Blackstrap Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce and
vanilla ice cream. All organic and nutritionally
dense food. Good to eat and good for you.
 
A good thing, too, because blackstrap molasses is nutrient dense, a good source of iron and many minerals and vitamins. While refined sugar provides calories and not many nutrients, older more traditional foods like molasses were the nutritional powerhouses that helped sail the seas of exploration and discovery. Traditional foodstuffs are sorely needed today, when people are waking up to realize processed modern diets of the last hundred years are responsible for many illnesses and chronic diseases. Traditional nutrient foods are espoused on the www.WestonAPrice.org website which shares the following:
 

"Dr. Weston A. Price (1870-1948), a Cleveland dentist, has been called the "Isaac Newton of Nutrition." In his search for the causes of dental decay and physical degeneration that he observed in his dental practice, he turned from test tubes and microscopes to unstudied evidence among human beings. Dr. Price sought the factors responsible for fine teeth among the people who had them--isolated non-industrialized people. The world became his laboratory. As he traveled, his findings led him to the belief that dental caries and deformed dental arches resulting in crowded, crooked teeth and unattractive appearance were merely a sign of physical degeneration, resulting from what he had suspected--nutritional deficiencies."

Eating gingerbread and molasses cookies, and other recipes adapted for blackstrap molasses, can provide nutritive, guilt-free sweets. Can you imagine having your cake and benefiting from it as well? Yes, it's true! When one eats nutrient dense foods, one eats less before feeling full and satisfied. Most obsessive, compulsive eating is a result of the body being malnourished and trying to get enough nutrients.

The United States is no longer number one in health and longevity in the world. Not by a long shot. Our processed eating and sedentary lifestyles have taken us down to number thirty-seven. It's time to return to the only diets available to our ancestors. Old style, organic, traditional foods are the way to health, along with exercise, fresh air and sunlight.

Tomorrrow: The recipe for Blackstrap Gingerbread with Lemon Sauce

 

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