Molasses nutrition, glycemic index, calories, and serving size
Molasses Glycemic index (GI)
Molasses, also known as black treacle, is produced by refining plants, such as sugarcane and sugar beets, into sugars. As a sweetener, it is naturally high in carbohydrates, containing 75g of it in a 100g serving. Molasses contains about 25% less sugars, compared to granulated white sugar.
An exact number for the glycemic index of molasses has not yet been calculated by researchers. However, here, we will look at the information we do have about the effect of molasses on glycemic response.
The predominant sugar found in molasses is sucrose, which has a glycemic index of 65±4 (1).
Brown sugar is often made by adding molasses to white sugar. It is known that brown sugar has a lower glycemic index compared to refined white sugar. Yellow sugar was calculated to have 84% glycemic index compared to the 100% GI of white sugar (2).
Filtered molasses concentrate, made from sugar cane, was researched to have potential as a natural functional ingredient capable of modifying carbohydrate metabolism and contributing to glycemic index reduction of processed foods and beverages (3).
In summary, molasses most likely has a moderate glycemic index, but, when added to high glycemic index foods, can have a GI lowering quality.
Important nutritional characteristics for Molasses
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All nutrients for Molasses per 100g
|Nutrient||DV%||In TOP % of foods||Value||Comparison|
|Fats||0%||93%||0.1g||333.1 times less than Cheese|
|Carbs||25%||7%||74.73g||2.7 times more than Rice|
|Calories||15%||31%||290kcal||6.2 times more than Orange|
|Fructose||16%||80%||12.79g||2.2 times more than Apple|
|Sugar||0%||21%||74.72g||8.3 times more than Coca-Cola|
|Calcium||21%||11%||205mg||1.6 times more than Milk|
|Iron||59%||11%||4.72mg||1.8 times more than Beef|
|Magnesium||58%||10%||242mg||1.7 times more than Almond|
|Phosphorus||4%||83%||31mg||5.9 times less than Chicken meat|
|Potassium||43%||6%||1464mg||10 times more than Cucumber|
|Sodium||2%||76%||37mg||13.2 times less than White Bread|
|Zinc||3%||80%||0.29mg||21.8 times less than Beef|
|Copper||54%||20%||0.49mg||3.4 times more than Shiitake|
|Vitamin B1||3%||76%||0.04mg||6.5 times less than Pea|
|Vitamin B2||0%||96%||0mg||65 times less than Avocado|
|Vitamin B3||6%||70%||0.93mg||10.3 times less than Turkey meat|
|Vitamin B5||16%||41%||0.8mg||1.4 times less than Sunflower seed|
|Vitamin B6||52%||17%||0.67mg||5.6 times more than Oat|
|Saturated Fat||0%||91%||0.02g||327.5 times less than Beef|
|Monounsaturated Fat||0%||87%||0.03g||306.2 times less than Avocado|
|Polyunsaturated fat||0%||90%||0.05g||943.5 times less than Walnut|
The source of all the nutrient values on the page (excluding the main article and glycemic index text the sources for which are presented separately if present) is the USDA's FoodCentral. The exact link to the food presented on this page can be found below.