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Molasses nutrition, glycemic index, calories, and serving size

*all the values are displayed for the amount of 100 grams

Molasses Glycemic index (GI)

N/A

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.

Sources.

  1. https://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/diacare/suppl/2008/09/18/dc08-1239.DC1/TableA1_1.pdf
  2. http://www.ijsrp.org/research-paper-1113/ijsrp-p2330.pdf
  3. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/267871575
Article author photo Victoria Mazmanyan
Profession: Yerevan State Medical University
Last updated: March 20, 2021

Important nutritional characteristics for Molasses

Molasses
Glycemic index ⓘ Source:
N/A (-)
Serving Size ⓘ Serving sizes are taken from FDA's Reference Amounts Customarily Consumed (RACCs)
1 serving 1 tbsp (20 grams)
Acidity (Based on PRAL) ⓘ PRAL (Potential renal acid load) is calculated using a formula. On the PRAL scale the higher the positive value, the more is the acidifying effect on the body. The lower the negative value, the higher the alkalinity of the food. 0 is neutral.
-38.6 (alkaline)
Calories
290
94% Potassium
93% Carbs
90% Magnesium
89% Calcium
89% Iron
Explanation: The given food contains more Potassium than 94% of foods. Note that this food itself is richer in Potassium than it is in any other nutrient. Similarly, it is relatively rich in Carbs, Magnesium, Calcium, and Iron.

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Macronutrients chart

75% 22% 4%
Protein:
Daily Value: 0%
0 g of 50 g
0%
Fats:
Daily Value: 0%
0.1 g of 65 g
0%
Carbs:
Daily Value: 25%
74.73 g of 300 g
25%
Water:
Daily Value: 1%
21.87 g of 2,000 g
1%
Other:
3.3 g

NEW NUTRITION FACTS LABEL

Nutrition Facts
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Serving Size ______________
Amount Per 100g
Calories 290
% Daily Value*
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
2%
Sodium 37mg
25%
Total Carbohydrate 75g
0%
Dietary Fiber 0g
Total Sugars g
Includes ? g Added Sugars
Protein 0g
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%

Calcium 205mg 21%

Iron 5mg 63%

Potassium 1,464mg 0%

*
The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Health checks

Low in Cholesterol
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Dietary cholesterol is not associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease in healthy individuals. However, dietary cholesterol is common in foods that are high in harmful saturated fats.
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No Trans Fats
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Trans fat consumption increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality by negatively affecting blood lipid levels.
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Low in Saturated Fats
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Saturated fat intake can raise total cholesterol and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels, leading to an increased risk of atherosclerosis. Dietary guidelines recommend limiting saturated fats to under 10% of calories a day.
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Low in Sodium
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Increased sodium consumption leads to elevated blood pressure.
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Low in Sugars
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While the consumption of moderate amounts of added sugars is not detrimental to health, an excessive intake can increase the risk of obesity, and therefore, diabetes.
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Mineral coverage chart

Calcium Iron Magnesium Phosphorus Potassium Sodium Zinc Copper Manganese Selenium Choline 62% 177% 173% 14% 130% 5% 8% 163% 200% 98% 8%
Calcium: 205 mg of 1,000 mg 21%
Iron: 4.72 mg of 8 mg 59%
Magnesium: 242 mg of 420 mg 58%
Phosphorus: 31 mg of 700 mg 4%
Potassium: 1464 mg of 3,400 mg 43%
Sodium: 37 mg of 2,300 mg 2%
Zinc: 0.29 mg of 11 mg 3%
Copper: 0.487 mg of 1 mg 54%
Manganese: 1.53 mg of 2 mg 67%
Selenium: 17.8 µg of 55 µg 32%
Choline: 13.3 mg of 550 mg 2%

Mineral chart - relative view

Potassium
1464 mg
TOP 6%
Magnesium
242 mg
TOP 10%
Calcium
205 mg
TOP 11%
Iron
4.72 mg
TOP 11%
Copper
0.487 mg
TOP 20%
Manganese
1.53 mg
TOP 29%
Selenium
17.8 µg
TOP 49%
Sodium
37 mg
TOP 76%
Zinc
0.29 mg
TOP 80%
Choline
13.3 mg
TOP 82%
Phosphorus
31 mg
TOP 83%

Vitamin coverage chart

Vitamin A Vitamin E Vitamin D Vitamin C Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B5 Vitamin B6 Folate Vitamin B12 Vitamin K 0% 0% 0% 0% 11% 1% 18% 49% 155% 0% 0% 0%
Vitamin A: 0 IU of 5,000 IU 0%
Vitamin E : 0 mg of 15 mg 0%
Vitamin D: 0 µg of 10 µg 0%
Vitamin C: 0 mg of 90 mg 0%
Vitamin B1: 0.041 mg of 1 mg 3%
Vitamin B2: 0.002 mg of 1 mg 0%
Vitamin B3: 0.93 mg of 16 mg 6%
Vitamin B5: 0.804 mg of 5 mg 16%
Vitamin B6: 0.67 mg of 1 mg 52%
Folate: 0 µg of 400 µg 0%
Vitamin B12: 0 µg of 2 µg 0%
Vitamin K: 0 µg of 120 µg 0%

Vitamin chart - relative view

Vitamin B6
0.67 mg
TOP 17%
Vitamin B5
0.804 mg
TOP 41%
Vitamin B3
0.93 mg
TOP 70%
Vitamin B1
0.041 mg
TOP 76%
Vitamin B2
0.002 mg
TOP 96%
Vitamin E
0 mg
TOP 100%
Vitamin A
0 IU
TOP 100%
Vitamin D
0 µg
TOP 100%
Vitamin K
0 µg
TOP 100%
Vitamin B12
0 µg
TOP 100%
Folate
0 µg
TOP 100%
Vitamin C
0 mg
TOP 100%

Fat type information

0.018% 0.032% 0.05%
Saturated Fat: 0.018 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.032 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.05 g

Carbohydrate type breakdown

29.4% 11.92% 12.79%
Starch: g
Sucrose: 29.4 g
Glucose: 11.92 g
Fructose: 12.79 g
Lactose: g
Maltose: g
Galactose: g

Fiber content ratio for Molasses

74.72%
Sugar: 74.72 g
Fiber: 0 g
Other: 0.01 g

All nutrients for Molasses per 100g

Nutrient DV% In TOP % of foods Value Comparison
Protein 0% 100% 0g N/A
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
Fiber 0% 100% 0g N/A
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 E 0% 100% 0mg N/A
Vitamin D 0% 100% 0µg N/A
Vitamin C 0% 100% 0mg N/A
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
Folate 0% 100% 0µg N/A
Vitamin B12 0% 100% 0µg N/A
Vitamin K 0% 100% 0µg N/A
Cholesterol 0% 100% 0mg N/A
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

References

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.

  1. https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/168820/nutrients

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