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Jaggery

Also Known As : Gur, Bellam, Vellam, Gul, Bella

Vegetarian

Taste Profile

It has a sweet earthen flavour.

Usage Tips

  1. Jaggery should be stored in a cool dry place in an airtight container.
  2. It is used as alternatives to white sugar, many times, people use jaggery in kheer and halwa as a sweetener.
  3. In rural parts of India, people still use them as toothpastes.

Common names and forms

  1. Gud
  2. Gur
  3. Jaggery (Cane Sugar)
  4. Liquid Jaggery
  5. Natural Jaggery
  6. Organic Jaggery
  7. Organic Jaggery Powder
  8. Soaked jaggery

Description

Jaggery popularly known as gur in India is supposedly a better alternative for white sugar. It is made by boiling the raw sugar cane juice, and for that matter, it is known to be less refined than that of the white sugar. It is also considered healthier than refined white sugar. It is commonly produced in Brazil, India, Australia, Thailand, Germany, etc. Whereas, in India, the district of Kushinagar in Uttar Pradesh has the largest unit for the manufacturing of gur, followed by Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Karnataka. 

Health benefits

  • Respiratory tract cleanser : It is used as respiratory tract cleanser, cure throat infections, and other lung ailments. It is also known to cure old coughs.(1)
  • Blood purifiers : Jaggery is referred to as blood purifiers, hence in this account, consuming them on a regular basis purifies the blood and leaves the body healthy.(2)
  • Beauty treatment : It is recommendable to use externally on the skin as it has keen potentials to improve the very skin health. It is said to be used in the treatment of pimples and acne.(2)

Note

Now if you highly increase the intake of jaggery, you might get subject to overweight. Moreover,  if not consuming them in moderation, then it might again lead to an increase in the blood sugar level. It can also lead to intestinal worm infection if the intake continues for a long period.(3)

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