Have you seen health-conscious people swapping sugar for jaggery? Maybe you have seen your grandparents relish a small piece of this golden goodness as dessert after food? Or perhaps you have seen the use of gur in chikkis, laddoos, or pinnis, the warming food usually prepared during the winters. Apart from tasting absolutely delicious (yes, my mouth is watering right now), there is a reason why it has been a practice to benefits of jaggery since ancient times. Because this golden goodness is superb for you! How? Well, we bring you all the deets. Keep reading to learn more.
How Is Jaggery Made?
Also referred to as non-centrifugal sugar, jaggery is unrefined sugar that gives you a rich-brown sugar-like taste. It is definitely a healthy replacement for white sugar, and you can easily find it in any supermarket. India is the biggest supplier of this golden goodness, where 70% of the world’s jaggery comes from here. Generally, gur is made from sugarcane juice. However, there are four other types of jaggery;
- Nolen Jaggery is made from date palm sap
- The is another type that comes from coconut sap
- It is also made from the sap of jaggery palm and local toddy palm
The first step in the jaggery making process is extraction where sugarcanes are passed through machines to ensure it is nicely juiced. Then comes clarification where the juice is placed in large containers so that the sediment or any residue settles below. Then, the liquid is strained.
The final step of the jaggery making process when the juice is put in large pans and is boiled for hours while being stirred correctly. Stirring is essential as it doesn’t let the liquid get stuck to the pan and ensures a thick yellow-dough-like substance gets formed. Finally, the golden liquid gets transferred to huge molds. And, once they are cool, we get our final product- Jaggery or Gur.
Health Benefits Of Jaggery
Keeps Your Body Warm
During the winters, when you consume jaggery, it helps dilate the blood vessels and enhances the blood flow, ensuring you stay all warm and cozy.
Keeps Your Energy Up
Jaggery will not just add sweetness, but it also gives you a jolt of energy because it is a complex carbohydrate. Hence, it keeps your energy up for longer, unlike sugar, which is a simple carbohydrate.
Helps You Shed Weight
Of course, you must consume jaggery in moderation. But, replacing it with sugar will help you lose weight.
Helps With Cold And Cough
If you are having flu-like symptoms along with cold and cough, jaggery can help reduce those symptoms. For this remedy, just mix a teaspoon or a small piece of jaggery with hot water and gulp it down.
Detoxifies The Liver
Eating a small piece of jaggery every day can remove all the toxins from your liver, keeping it healthy.
Helpful With Anemia
Anemia occurs when there isn’t enough iron in your body. Since gur is rich in folate, it ensures your body has a sufficient amount of red blood cells preventing anemia.
Helps Your Respiratory System
Consuming small amounts of jaggery every day can keep respiratory problems such as asthma and bronchitis away. However, for maximum benefits, consume it with sesame seeds. Do it regularly for full benefits.
Provides The Necessary Nutrition
Jaggery contains essentials elements such as zinc, potassium, phosphorus, and iron, so you get your quota of these nutrients by consuming a little piece of gur every day. Yes, gur is good for health! Also, it is rich in antioxidants. Hence, it protects you from infections.
Consuming jaggery regularly helps cleanse your blood and keeps you healthy.
Helps With Menstrual Pain
If you are someone who suffers from extreme stomach cramps during your periods, then jaggery might just be the solution for you. It helps control the mood swings as it releases endorphins. So, a little piece of gur and it is bye-bye PMS, bye-bye stomach cramps.
It is believed that having a glass of milk with jaggery every night can help provide relief from joint pain and strengthen the bones.
Other Benefits Of Jaggery
- It can help prevent acne and pimples.
- It flushes out the toxins from your body, ensuring radiant skin, which also looks hydrated and healthy.
- It is rich in antioxidants; hence, it helps fight wrinkles and premature aging.
- Jaggery face packs can make your skin soft and supple.
- Eating jaggery regularly is also said to prevent hair fall and since it is rich in iron, it can ensure you have healthy and shiny tresses.
- Jaggery promotes good digestion and prevents constipation.
- It also helps reduce water retention in your body.
Finally, it is important to understand that jaggery is only beneficial if you consume little of it. Also, if you have any medical conditions, such as Type-2 diabetes, always consult a doctor before you consume gur (Jaggery).
Take gur care of your health!