9 Surprising Superfoods

Meet the amazing underdogs of the food world.

By Leah Zerbe



Black Strap molassass is super iron-rich


Okay, not straight sugar, but rather blackstrap molasses, a syrupy by-product of the process that turns sugar cane into refined white table sugar. The mineral-dense natural sweetener is rich in iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and copper. For vegans especially, it’s a go-to, sweet source of plant-based calcium. When Virginia Tech University researchers compared natural sweeteners, they found that blackstrap molasses boasted the highest antioxidant levels. Look for organic, unsulphured versions for the purest blackstrap molasses.

Prep tip: Drizzle 2 teaspoons onto your morning oatmeal for 13 percent of your daily recommended iron intake, and 12 percent of your daily calcium. (Once you open the bottle, store it in the fridge so it stays fresher longer.)

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