Jaggery is a natural sweetener made from concentrated sugarcane juice which is also commonly known as Molasses sugar. This sweetner is a traditional type of unrefined and non-distilled sugar. Although it is derived from the same source as sugar, they are much different in shape, appearance, properties and benefits.
Jaggery or Molasses is prepared from the sap or juice of plants, such as sugarcane or date palm. The jaggery made from date palm is known as palm jaggery. Jaggery is widely in Indian cooking for preparing various sweet and savory dishes. A pinch or two of jaggery is used in sambar (a popular lentil stew).
This enhances the taste of the sambar and gives a pleasant sweetness to the savory dish balancing the spiciness. Most diabetic patients substitute jaggery fro sugar. Jaggery is also used in preparing a variety of sweet Indian desserts like payasam, chikki, candies etc.
According to traditional Indian Ayurveda texts, jaggery is considered to be the best medicinal sweetener which puries blood, aids digestion and improved lung health. It also contains trace minerals like potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and calcium. Jaggery is rich in taste as compared to refined sugar and eating even a small piece is just comforting and satisfying. Made with natural and viable option, Jaggery is the safest and purest form of sugar and does not contain any chemicals.
Jaggery or Gur is very clean and the manufacturing process requires no human intervention. It is high in protein, iron, vitamin and mineral content and has a good nutritive & medicinal value. Interestingly, few research studies have shown that jaggery and sugar have nearly the same glycemic values.
This means that when consumed, both raise blood glucose levels by approximately equal values. The only difference is that the release of glucose from jaggery is comparatively slower than sugar as it is a complex sucrose which takes longer to break down. Sugar provides energy but has no nutritive value.
On the other hand, jaggery has tremendous health benefits. Jaggery retains essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, copper and zinc. Below are some of my favorite recipes made with jaggery and other ingredients that complement to taste exotic. Do try this recipe and enjoy its goodness and taste.
Therefore we can safely say that for a healthy person, jaggery is a healthy substitute for sugar. Do try these delectable and appetizing dishes. You could also get hold of some of your favorite recipes at: www.vahrehvah.com You could always reach me at my below links:
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