Health benefits of jaggery are numerous. It contains a long list of minerals and phytochemicals making it a healthier substitute for white sugar, which is mostly empty calories. It contains important vitamins, minerals, potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc, selenium, calcium, and antioxidants.
Jaggery (or Gur) is a form of unrefined natural sugar which is obtained by boiling concentrated sugar cane juice till it solidifies. It is also made from date palm and coconut sap, but sugar cane jaggery is most popular due to its ease of availability all year round and is extensively used in traditional Indian cuisine.
Health benefits of Jaggery:
- Cleanses the body: Prevents constipation and excellent for detox
- Prevents anemia: Highly recommended during pregnancy
- An effective cough & cold relief
- Relieves PMS Woes
- Boosts Immunity
- Aids weight loss
- Relieves joint pain
- Keeps blood pressure in check
- Jaggery is an Excellent Energy Booster
Disclaimer – Though there are many health benefits of jaggery and frequent consumption reportedly has no side effects, moderation is advised as it is slightly high in calories- 4 kcal/gram.