CONSIDERING JAGGERY AS AN HEALTHY SUBSTITUTE OF SUGAR

A healthy heart helps you have power through out your day, from that morning spin class to a late deadline at work.

Let's consider Sugar and Jaggery: both provide 4 calories per gram or 16 calories per teaspoon energy.

Sugar is refined from sugar cane or beet plants and contains over 99% sucrose. We all are addicted to this sweetening agent. It is widely used in our day-to-day life. Here again you have to be careful with how much sugar you consume daily because "Too much of something(sugar) can actually cause the opposite effect".

The more you add sugar in your diet, the higher you increase the risk of heart diseases. In 2014 JAMA study reserchers found that those who consume the highest amount of sugar accounting for more than 21% of their daily calories double the risk of heart diseases. Sweetend beverages such as sodas, energy drinks and sports drinks contain sugar which is fatal to health.

Nutritionists frown on sugar for two reasons:-

  1. It is a well known link to weight-gain and cavities.
  2. It delivers "empty calories"- not much nutritional in nature.

In contrast to sugar:-

Jaggery is commonly reffered to as ' unrefined sugar'. Compared to table sugar, jaggery has some amounts of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

There are more benefits of Jaggery than sugar like:-

  1. It prevents constipation by aiding digestion. It activates the digestive enzymes. It is good to intake jaggery after a meal.
  2. It acts as a detox, as it helps cleanse the liver by flushing out nasty toxins from the body.
  3. It is loaded with antioxidants and minerals like zinc and selenium which helps to prevent free radicals responsible for ageing.
  4. It helps to boost resistance against infections, build strong immunity and acts as a blood purifier.
  5. Eating a piece of jaggery daily can help women combat menstrual cycle symptoms including mood swings, cramps and abdominal pain.
  6. Jaggery is rich in iron and folate which helps prevent anaemia.
  7. It cools stomach, controls blood pressure, prevents respiratory problems, relieves joint pain.
  8. It is surprisingly effective as an aid for weight loss.

THE TAKE HOME MESSAGE:-

Jaggery is a good and stable source of energy. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that gets absorbed in the blood stream instantly and gives instant energy; Jaggery is a complex carbohydrate that gives energy to the body gradually.

This means that the level of blood sugar does not get raised immediately in the consumption of jaggery proving no harm to health.

Henceforth, Jaggery is a healthy substitution of sugar for our daily food intake to keep us healthy and fit.

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