Let’s start with the nutritional value of jaggery (gur):
- A small portion of jaggery gives you the much-needed dose of magnesium. 10 grams of unadulterated jaggery provides 4 per cent (or 16 mg) of magnesium that is necessary to maintain the health of your intestines.
- The high iron levels of jaggery help in maintaining haemoglobin levels and purifying blood.
- A lack of iron results in iron deficiency anaemia and low intake of folic acid results in folate deficiency anaemia. Jaggery contains both these minerals and regular consumption of the sweetener can help you prevent such health conditions.
- This golden sweetener also contains traces of zinc and selenium and antioxidants – three necessary ingredients to boost your immunity.
- Gur is an excellent source of potassium, which helps boost your metabolism. Potassium is also necessary for cellular biochemical reactions and to help amino acids combine to form protein- the building blocks of life. It is also responsible for converting glucose to glycogen and storing it in the liver for energy.
- The sodium contents of jaggery, along with potassium, can also help regulate blood pressure.
How will these minerals and nutrients help you?
- If you have had a very heavy meal, a small bite of gur will prevent constipation, keeping your system happy.
- The nutrient contents of jaggery stimulate the secretion of digestive enzymes, thus helping in the digestion of food.
- The sodium and potassium contents of gur will purify your blood. It will also give you a clear, radiant skin.
- From blood purification to cleansing the respiratory tract, oesophagus, lungs, stomach and intestines, the sweetener will help clear your system.
- Jaggery’s iron contents can also relieve menstrual cramps. But beware, it has to be consumed regularly for this positive effect.
- Speaking to NDTV Manoj Ahuja, a doctor says, “If you suffer from aches and pains in your joints, eating jaggery can provide you with much-needed relief.”
Tell me more about this!.
Why splurge on a lavish dessert that only adds to your calorie count when the humble jaggery is a healthy option?