Jaggery is sweet in nature and it is a good replacement of sugar and give many health benefits. In India, it is known as ‘gur‘ and most people used this. This superfood sweetener called by different names in different places
- India- Gur
- Japan- Kokuto
- Malaysia- Gula Melaka
- Mexico- Piloncillo
- Colombia- Panels
But it’s mainly found in India, Around 70% gur production from India. It is available in solid or powder form.
How Jaggery Made?
It made with 3 Steps Process-
Extraction– Sugar canes are pressed into the machine to extract the sweet juice.
Clarification– Sweet juice collects in large containers so that any sediment settles to the bottom.
Concentration– After producing a clear liquid, sweeten juice is placed in the large flat bottomed pan and boiled until yellow or dough-like paste remains.
Then it is transferred to containers where it cools and turns into jaggery.
Nutrition value of 100-gram Jaggery
Total Carbohydrates– 96g
Vitamins– B12, B6
Minerals– Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, iron.
Jaggery Side Effects
Excessive consumption of sugar can increase the risk of chronic diseases (obesity, heart diseases, and type 2 diabetes). Jaggery is a different variation of sugar. Eating too much sugar, it’s not a good idea. You should also avoid it in the summer season.
Main 9 Jaggery Benefits
It contains Anti-oxidants and minerals like zinc and selenium which helps to prevent free radical damage and build resistance against various infections. Also, it boosts overall blood haemoglobin count.
It helps to activate the digestive enzymes in the body and stimulate bowel movement that prevents constipation. If you’ve eaten a heavy meal then just consume some piece of the Gur.
Consumption on a regular basis in a small amount can purify the blood. It cleanses the blood which means healthier skin. Also, helps in increasing the amount of haemoglobin.
Preventing Respiratory Issue
You can prevent many respiratory problems such as bronchitis, asthma etc. Many experts recommend eating this jaggery with sesame seeds. This combination helps in preventing respiratory issues. You can eat its small piece if you phasing respiratory issue.
Read– Black Sesame Seeds
Helps in Weight Loss
One of the worst problem in nowadays is heavyweight. Jaggery is the best source of potassium that helps to balance electrolytes. Also helps in low consumption of water, which helps in managing your weight. The expert also says this factor helps to weight loss.
Control Blood Pressure
It contains potassium and sodium nutrients which play an important role in maintaining acid levels in the body. Consuming some amount of jaggery and they make sure that a normal level of Blood Pressure is properly maintained.
Fight from Cold & Cough
It induces heat in the body when you eat it, so it is perfect for the cure of cold & cough. This is the reason why people consume it in winter, not in summer. For better results consume it with hot milk or tea.
Reduce Joint Pain
Many doctors recommend jaggery for reducing joint pains. It provides immense relief when you eat it with ginger or milk. Also, you can add it to your diet to strengthen the bones.
Detoxes the Liver
It reduces the workload of your liver and flushes out harmful toxins from your body. If you want to detoxify your liver, then eat a piece of jaggery daily.