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what non-sugar carbs are in blackstrap molasses (if any)

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created January 09, 2013 at 2:08 AM

i have just been looking at the labels on two jars of different blackstrap molasses, and also checking out various online nutrition databases.

In all cases there is a (varying) difference between total carbs and total sugars, but for the life of me i cannot work out where the rest of the carbs are coming from?
As far as i can tell there is no fiber (fibre) or starch in blackstrap molasses.

Here's a cronometer example,
if you adjust for 100 grams, there is 60.80 grams total carbs and 42.80 grams total sugars.

...what's the story, where are the rest of the carbs coming from?

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on January 10, 2013
at 05:49 AM

thx Matt, it looks like its mainly oligosaccharides, tho polysaccharides may be in there as well

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on January 09, 2013
at 02:12 AM

I think there are some polysaccharides present that don't get included. Too short to be starch, too long to be sugar.

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on January 10, 2013
at 05:47 AM

I ended up emailing one of the vendors to get the info, i'll summarise,

The carbohydrates (saccharides) are divided into four chemical groupings: monosaccharides, disaccharides, oligosaccharides, and polysaccharides. In general, the monosaccharides and disaccharides, which are smaller (lower molecular weight) carbohydrates, are commonly referred to as sugars. Source

So, the sugars (as defined above) in blackstrap molasses are fructose, glucose (monosaccharides) and sucrose (disaccharide).

email from the vendor;

Molasses contains carbohydrates that include sugars such as sucrose, fructose and glucose (expressed on a product label as ???sugars???) and oligosaccharides, which are built from long chain of simple sugars. The most common oligosaccharide in molasses is raffinose.

So the answer is, the rest of the carbs would seem to be oligosaccharides, eg. raffinose.

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