Jaggery is one of the common sweeteners used in
the preparation of various dishes in many parts of the world. It is a
traditional type of amorphous, unrefined and non-distilled sugar. Although
jaggery and sugar are obtained from the same sources, they are much different
in their appearance, properties and benefits. Jaggery is prepared from the sap
or juice of plants such as sugarcane and date palm. Jaggery obtained from palm
trees is known as palm jaggery and, benefits are similar to the benefits of
jaggery obtained from sugarcane. It is used to make candies, toffees, jaggery
cakes and many other sweet preparations. It is also used in the preparation of
alcoholic beverages. Jaggery is a healthy alternative to white sugar and is
commonly known as 'medicinal sugar', because of its various health benefits.
Benefits of Jaggery
The process of making jaggery from the plant sources, does
not involve any chemical agents and hence all the natural mineral salts are
retained in jaggery. Jaggery is known to have various medicinal properties and
other health benefits.
Cleansing Agent Jaggery acts as a cleansing agent for our body and
effectively cleans the respiratory tracts, food pipe, lungs, stomach and
intestines. It helps the body to get rid of the unwanted particles and thus
provides relief from constipation.
Digestive Aid Jaggery proves as a great digestive aid and speeds up the
process of digestion. Eating a few grams of jaggery after a heavy meal is often
recommended for those having problems with normal digestion. In the body,
jaggery activates the various digestive enzymes and itself gets converted to
acetic acid, thus speeding up digestion.
Mineral Source Jaggery is a rich source of many vital minerals that are
required by the body for normal growth and functioning. It is considered as a
storehouse of various important minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus,
Other Health Benefits of Jaggery
Let us have a look at some other beneficial
effects of including jaggery:
Jaggery is used since ancient times to treat
problems such as dry cough, common cold and asthma.
It is beneficial in treating conditions like indigestion
Jaggery helps in promoting relaxation of muscles,
nerves and blood vessels, thus enhancing their functions.
Migraines, the most painful and uncomfortable
type of headaches can be relieved to a large extent by jaggery.
Jaggery is a rich source of iron and is
therefore, very good for anemic people, as it increases the hemoglobin level in
Jaggery has strong antioxidant properties and
protects our body cells from the damage caused by free radicals.
Jaggery has the ability to purify blood and helps
in regulating the liver function.
A mixture of jaggery and dry ginger powder taken
with warm water can stop hiccups.
Jaggery helps in regulating blood pressure and
also helps the body to get rid of all the toxins.
Jaggery is loaded with many essential nutrients
such as proteins, vitamins and minerals, that play a key role in many life
Jaggery has potassium content that may help in
reducing bloating and water retention.
Jaggery is more complex than table sugar and
hence takes a longer time to break down. Jaggery takes longer to digest and
This leads diabetics to consider jaggery as a safe substitute
for table sugar. However, this is not completely right. Jaggery does contain
invert sugars (mixture of glucose and fructose). So diabetics should limit its
This was all about jaggery benefits. Now, that
you know how beneficial jaggery is, try substituting sugar with jaggery in your
favorite recipes, and enjoy its benefits.