Blackstrap Molasses
Credit: Photograph by Svend Lindbaek

A by-product of sugarcane, "this sweetener is high in minerals, especially magnesium, which is helpful to a healthy metabolism," Turner says. That's a mineral that around two-thirds of us don't get enough of in our diets.

Best uses: This type of molasses tastes bitter on its own, but it will add a rich, smoky sweetness to spicy or savory dishes and baked goods like gingerbread.