As the winter chill finds its epitome, we’ve often observed our elders end a meal with a piece of jaggery (gur). Let’s find out what makes this coarse dark brown sugar a must have during winters.
Jaggery is derived from sugarcane and date palm and is a type of cane sugar & comes in all kinds of forms-from semi-liquid to solid blocks of different shapes and sizes. It is loaded with nutrition as it is rich in fibre and vital nutrients and is free from chemicals. It is an essential ingredient in several Indian recipes and tastes absolutely divine.
1. Jaggery prevents constipation:
Jaggery activates the digestive enzymes in the body, stimulates bowel movements thus helps prevent and relieve constipation. It also acts as a diuretic that can help stimulate bowel movement. A small piece of jaggery after lunch could kick-start digestion, which is key to good overall health.
2. Detoxifies the liver:
Jaggery is a natural body cleanser, further reducing the workload of the liver. Jaggery helps cleanse the liver by flushing out harmful toxins from the body, which further helps detoxify the liver. So if you want to effectively detox your body, bite into a piece of jaggery.
3. Treats flu-like symptoms:
Fight symptoms of a cold and cough with the help of gur. All you need to do is mix it with warm water and drink up, or even add it in your tea instead of sugar to reap the benefits. Jaggery produces heat in the body, which is why generally people consume it in winters. The warming effect in jaggery makes it an amazing sweet that can treat cold and flu.
4. Blood purifier:
One of the most well-known benefits of jaggery is its ability to purify the blood. When consumed on a regular basis and in limited quantities, it cleanses the blood, leaving your body healthy. Clean blood will mean a healthier body and will ensure that it is free from any disease.
5. 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. Jaggery also helps increase the total count of haemoglobin in the blood.
6. Prevents respiratory problems:
By consuming jaggery regularly, you can prevent many respiratory problems such as asthma, bronchitis, etc. Hence it becomes a natural medication in polluted environments.
7. Good source of energy:
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.
It’s the best time of the year to reap benefits of Jaggery for your body! Remember, health is wealth! 🙂
Wishing you all a Very Happy & a Healthy New Year!