By Ayushi Prakash
Our grandparents swear by it. It’s the earthy flavour that jaggery brings with it that we all love. Call it Gur or vellam, what we essentially eat is unrefined sugar which is obtained from raw, concentrated sugar cane juice. Sugarcane juice is boiled, solidified and then cut into blocks. A close substitute to white sugar, this is why jaggery is good for you:
1. Prevents constipation – A small piece of jaggery can do wonders for your digestive health. It stimulates bowel movement and activates digestive enzymes that keep your gut clean and healthy!
2. Takes your PMS woes away – Mood swings before or during menstrual periods make our world go haywire. Start eating some jaggery just before your PMS begins and see the difference for yourself. It helps release endorphins in your body which in turn eases menstrual cramps and sudden mood swings.
3. Keeps your stomach cool – Believe us when we say that jaggery is the only sweetener you should use in all your summer drinks. Be it nimbu paani, aam panna or lassi, gur elevates the taste of these drinks and helps in maintaining normal body temperature!
5. Prevents allergies – The anti allergy properties of gur help keep some common allergies in check. From common cold to asthma, this natural sweetener is the thing you need.
These numerous benefits make jaggery your best companion and there are not any notable side-effects for the same. Still, we advise you to consume it in moderation as it is slightly high on calories and can lead to blood sugar level fluctuations if you are diabetic.
This article is brought to you in association with the Murugappa Group for the ‘Know your Staples’ campaign.
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