Jaggery, commonly known as Gur in Hindi, is one of the best raw sweeteners that can be easily found in the market. Due to its sweet and wholesome flavor, it is often referred to as a “superfood sweetener”. It has a sugary taste with a yellowish-golden appearance and is interesting over sugar.
Jaggery is 30-40% water, 40-60% sucrose, 15-25% inverted sugar, 0.30% calcium, 8.5-10 mg iron, 05/100 mg phosphorus, 0.10/100 mg, protein and 14/100mg vitamin B.
Although it has the same calorific value as that of sugar, it is a better substitute for the white refined sugar. It is used in preparing various Indian cuisines and provides them with a distinct flavour.
1. Generates heat inside the body
According to Ayurveda, jaggery has a hot potency (or Taseer) that really implies that throughout its metabolism, heat is generated within the body. Every gram of jaggery offers four calories, thereby producing heat within the body. Throughout winters the blood vessels get constricted owing to weather conditions and jaggery is helpful in dilating the blood vessels and improving blood flow.
2. Boosts immunity
Jaggery is loaded with antioxidants and minerals such as zinc and selenium, which in turn help prevent free-radical damage and also boost resistance against infections.
It naturally treats a cough and cold too. It has the capability of protecting the lungs from toxic pollutants so it should be included in your balanced diet during the winter months.
3. Improves Digestion and prevents constipation
Jaggery activates digestive enzymes and functions like acetic acid in the stomach, thus speeding up digestion and smoothening the process, ultimately reducing strain on the intestines and the digestive tract.
Jaggery pulls out dust and unwanted particles from the body, while also giving relief from constipation, due to the presence of fiber in it. It also acts as a diuretic that can help stimulate bowel movement.
4. Detoxifies body
Jaggery removes the toxins present within the body. It has anti-allergic properties which help in preventing allergies caused by cold and cough during winters.
Jaggery helps cleanse the liver by flushing out harmful toxins from the body, which further helps detoxify the liver. Also it effectively cleans the respiratory tracts, lungs, food pipe, stomach, and intestines.
5. Eases menstrual cramp pain
Jaggery, due to its richness in many essential nutrients, is an effective natural treatment for menstrual problems, especially providing relief from cramps.
Jaggery releases Endorphins, the happy hormone within the body which makes you feel good and provides ease during periods. Sudden mood swings, fluctuating hormone levels, stomach cramps can be tackled if you eat a small amount of jaggery after meals.
6. Prevents anemia
Jaggery is rich in iron and folate which help prevent anemia by ensuring that a normal level of red blood cells is maintained.
Also the consumption of jaggery is extremely beneficial for pregnant women. Due to the presence of a large number of minerals and vitamins, it can help a person regain lost energy.
7. Boosts Energy
Studies show and doctors advise that a sudden rise in sugar or energy level can be a major threat to the internal organs. This sudden uplift can cause severe damage to kidneys and eyes, raise blood pressure, and create a number of problems in related organ systems.
While sugar is a simple carbohydrate that gets absorbed in the bloodstream instantly and gives instant energy, jaggery is a complex carbohydrate that gives energy to the body gradually and for a longer time.
8. Weight loss
Jaggery has a high content of potassium, which is responsible for the balance of electrolytes in the body. It is also responsible for bodybuilding and boosting metabolism.
Potassium also helps in the reduction of water retention, which helps in managing your weight