Okay, there should be no question, people. Why would you want to use something like Maple Syrup when you can use something with substantially more minerals in it like Blackstrap Molasses? Check it out:
NDB No: 19305 Nutrient Units 1 tbsp
Water g 5.740
Energy kcal 47.000
Energy kj 196.600
Protein g 0.000
Total lipid (fat) g 0.000
Ash g 1.640
Carbohydrate, by difference g 12.160
Fiber, total dietary g 0.000
Calcium, Ca mg 172.000
Iron, Fe mg 3.500
Magnesium, Mg mg 43.000
Phosphorus, P mg 8.000
Potassium, K mg 498.400
Sodium, Na mg 11.000
Zinc, Zn mg 0.200
Copper, Cu mg 0.408
Manganese, Mn mg 0.522
Selenium, Se mcg 3.560
NDB No: 19353 Nutrient Units 1 tbsp
Water g 6.400
Energy kcal 52.400
Energy kj 219.200
Protein g 0.000
Total lipid (fat) g 0.040
Ash g 0.120
Carbohydrate, by difference g 13.440
Fiber, total dietary g 0.000
Sugars, total g 12.740
Calcium, Ca mg 13.400
Iron, Fe mg 0.240
Magnesium, Mg mg 2.800
Phosphorus, P mg 0.400
Potassium, K mg 40.800
Sodium, Na mg 1.800
Zinc, Zn mg 0.832
Copper, Cu mg 0.015
Manganese, Mn mg 0.660
Selenium, Se mcg 0.120
I tried honey (don't scream! When I read the directions later I realized they said not to...) and it didn't mix in too well so I stopped using it after the first try...the syrup mixes in well, and I haven't been hungry with it...didn't really notice much difference between the Grade A and Grade B though...
Ah, it's thicker... (like water compared to honey) but I use a shaker, so it mixes quickly and thorougly. I could use 1/2 cup of honey and have it mix fine with a shaker. I highly reccomend them. You shouldn't have too much trouble mixing the molasses. Good luck!
You asked in your first post why use maple syrup when molasses is so much better for you....
Have you tasted it in the lemonaide???
I have and unless there's something I missed about the proportions of molasses to lemons.....
I had to laugh at myself because I love molasses right off the spoon and even bought some because I couldn't find B syrup. I ended up just eating spoonful after spoonful of the stuff but never after in the lemonaide... :)
I posted my experimentation results while I was recently on the mc fast. Everyone's different but I thought it tasted like some unholy combination. I haven't heard anyone say they liked it but then again, I am the kind of person who likes drinking the salt water in the morning.
The grade between A and B is a nuance. Do you think that the difference between 40mg of potassium to 500mg per Tbsp (syrup to molasses) would mark an equivalent increase from Grade A to B maple syrup?
"Molasses is recommend as a substitute for syrup in some cases..." Which cases? Do you mean diabetics? What about people that don't mind the taste of Molasses? More information should be available. I'm just trying to show flexibility, as to not keep people restricted by 'rules' of cleansing. There are some people on these forums who probably thought that the Syrup was better, i.e. more nutrients.
I apologize for my own rigidity in the first post, that questions the foundation of the cleansing mantra.
and outweigh the 'nasty' taste. I think a wilful person could >adapt.
that depends on who you talk to really, ask a person who's been drinking only lemonaide for 25,30, or 40 days.
yes nutrients are important but it's just not realistic or practical to think that most people will drink only one thing for more than a few days and it will be something terrible tasting.
it's not even a matter of taking the easier,softer way because anyone who has done this cleanse will tell you there's nothing easy about drinking maple syrup and lemon juice for more than 24 hours much less 24 days...
please don't take this as a debate, I see your intent is to facilitate health in people. happy cleansing.
All under the assumption that Black Strap Molasses is something terrible tasting to begin with? Terrible tasting to my grandma? Or to everyone, or most people?
I will try to re-clarify my intention of my posting all of this.
It is for those who were misinformed or ignorant of the differences between the nutrient values of Maple Syrup and Molasses.
Obviously it is up the individual to decide what to do with the information presented.
My statement about a person who was wilful could adapt, stands alone to the individual. I guess I was implying a cause and effect relationship to a certain type of individual. All of this under the assumption that the person needs to be wilful because he does not enjoy the taste of Molasses. Wilful, meaning setting up a value judgement for himself on what is more important in the appropriate context for him. What is more important? Taste or Extra Nutrients? Then, after an already repititious diet, I can imagine adaptation to be not too difficult. The body will try to create homeostatis after a given time with enough reinforcement.
The 'most people' implication of a general mass of people willing to do something was not my intention in putting it down. It was more of a positive encourager for those who might want to try doing something. I admit it was biased, but it was part of my secret pursuasion tactics to get people to conform to my opinion!
I don't know if anyone's still reading this thread, but I'm doing the lemonade fast for the second time now, and I'm using blackstrap molasses because I've been on a low-sugar diet for many months and didn't want to jump right into maple syrup. BUT what I have done is mixed in just a bit of maple syrup to provide flavor balance.
The resulting lemonade is a little darker and heavier than the maple syrup version, but it has a little more light flavor than the strictly blackstrap molasses version.
As I have read numerous places regarding Sugar substitutes, they always taste better in combination.
(Though I must admit, I'm crazy for the cayenne, so that could be influencing my taste buds!)