Naturally sweet, jaggery is used the world over for its therapeutic and nutritional properties. It is prepared using fresh sugarcane juice, date or palm juice, and may vary in color, from dark brown to golden brown. Here are the pros and cons of using it in your diet:
- Jaggery is a very good energy source. Sugar is a simple carbohydrate that gets absorbed in the bloodstream instantly, and provides energy faster. Jaggery, on the other hand, is a complex carbohydrate that releases energy gradually, over a longer period of time. Thus, you avoid the sugar-rush.
- It does not alter the blood sugar level and is preferred over refined sugar, in case of diabetes.
- It helps in controlling body weight by reducing water retention.
- It is also a good digestive agent, if had after a heavy meal.
- Combined with turmeric powder (rolled into small, pea-sized balls), jaggery can help with cold and flu.
- Consuming too much jaggery could lead to higher chances of parasitic infections and intestinal worms.
- Unrefined or unwashed jaggery has the tendency of increasing one’s body fat content.