However, these sweet white crystals are laden with calories. Many health experts nowadays recommend substituting sugar with jaggery. According to Indian medicine system – Ayurveda, jaggery is beneficial for throat and lungs. Not to forget, sugar industry actually is extremely polluting.
Sugar and jaggery, both contains 60 calories per teaspoon. Both are prepared from sugarcane. So what makes jaggery better than sugar? Let’s read in this article!
Jaggery is rich in vitamins and minerals - Jaggery is rich in iron and thus is highly recommended for anaemic people. It also contains many minerals such as Magnesium, Potassium, Calcium, Selenium, Manganese and Zinc. Since no chemicals are used in preparation of jaggery, some minerals and vitamins remain intact in it, compared to refined sugar.
Jaggery is absorbed slowly - Sugar is absorbed almost instantly in your body. Jaggery, being unrefined, is absorbed more slowly. Thus, it doesn’t increase blood sugar levels as rapidly as sugar.
Jaggery is good for lungs - Jaggery, according to Ayurveda protects your lungs and is good for treating throat and lung infections. Infact, workers who work in dusty and smoky atmosphere, such as in woollen, silica industries, eat a small lump of gur to clear their wind pipes. Jaggery is also helpful for asthmatics! Won’t jaggery be helpful in keeping respiratory system sound, considering we breathe polluted air everyday?
Jaggery is helpful for migraine - People, who get migraine headaches, should eat jaggery as it is helpful in reducing frequency of headaches.
Jaggery is a purifier - Jaggery is a great cleansing agent and clears your lungs, stomach, oesophagus, intestine, respiratory tracts and also blood.
Jaggery helps in bile disorder - According to ayurveda, jaggery helps in treating bile disorders thus is useful in treating jaundice.
Jaggery helps in maintaining acid balance - Jaggery is high in Potassium and low in Sodium. This helps in maintaining balance in your body. Infact, jaggery, when taken along with dry ginger is a known cure for acidity and gas.
Jaggery is a medicine - You’ve seen how beneficial jaggery is for lungs. It’s also used to cure dry cough, cough with sputum, indigestion and constipation. It contains many antioxidants which protects your body’s cells against aging.
Jaggery is eco-friendly - According to World Wildlife Fund (WWF), sugar industry pollutes air, water and soil. While jaggery is produced by cooking sugarcane juice in an iron vessel, sugar undergoes various treatments, purification, crystallisation which not only wastes several gallons water, but also pollutes natural water source, where the wastewater is dumped! Jaggery is healthier and greener.
As you’ve seen, there are multiple benefits for the same number of calories, making jaggery a clear winner. So the next time, before you add sugar to your cup of tea, why not replace it with jaggery?
(Even if you don’t like it in your tea, it’s a good idea to have a small piece everyday, for good health!)
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