Known as ‘bella’ in Kannada, ‘Vellam’ in Tamil and ‘Gul’ in Marathi, and ‘Gur’ in Hindi, Jaggery is naturally sweetening food that has enormous health benefits. Let us understand how different it is from white sugar, honey, and brown sugar.
Jaggery is a type of unrefined sugar that is made of raw and concentrated sugarcane juice. The juice is boiled until it solidifies.
As little as 20 grams of jaggery contains 38 calories that contributes of 9.8 gram of carbohydrates, 9.7 gram of sugar, 0.01 gram of protein, choline, betaine, Vitamin B12, B6, folate, calcium, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium, and manganese.
While the white crystal sugar that we generally use in our house undergoes rigorous industrial processes due to which it loses its nutritional value, Jaggery undergoes no excessive treatment except the boiling of sugarcane syrup. This process ensures the retention of traces of iron, mineral salts and fiber in it.
A lot of people get confused between jaggery and brown sugar. The latter is produced either directly from cane juice or by refining raw sugar and added unnatural additives. Although both require the addition of a variety of molasses, syrups, and demerara, jaggery consist of several nutrients which makes it better than brown sugar.
Apart from facilitating with digestion, jaggery is a natural sweetener which can boost immunity,
regulate body temperature, enrich the skin, improve digestion and cure joint pain. Since it is rich in nutrients it flushes out toxins from the body and cleanses the blood.