Jaggery is a natural sweetener obtained from sugarcane.Generally there are two types of jaggery which are available in market. These are- orange coloured jaggery and brown coloured jaggery.Brown jaggery is more nutritious and is rich in iron and vitamin C.It is not even treated with bleaches to produce any kind of attractive colour; whereas orange jaggery is treated with bleaches to produce attractive appearance and colour.
Avoid jaggery if it tastes a little salty or bitter. Always buy it in hard form.
Over eating of jaggery may lead to weight gain. It should be avoided if one is prone to inflammation and swelling. It raises blood sugar levels. Risk of parasitic infections arises if it is not prepared hygienically.(2)
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