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Medicinal Benefits of Jaggery
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Medicinal Benefits of Jaggery

I use it in many recipes and have mentioned it before, so I thought to write a post about the medicinal benefits of pure organic jaggery. It is also called molasses at some places. It is prepared from sugarcane and is pure, unrefined whole sugar containing all the minerals and vitamins which are present in sugarcane juice.

One thing you must take care of while buying jaggery is that it should be dark. If it is too light in color, it is probably refined using soda and other chemicals and must have lost its nutritional value. Jaggery is basically from Southeast Asia and is also used in almost every household in India.

It helps in anemia, throat and lung infections and many other common ailments. It is also a good source of magnesium which is beneficial for the muscles, nerves and blood vessels and may also help relieve fatigue. It helps in maintaining blood pressure because it has low sodium and high potassium content. It also helps in digestion and hence it is also used as a sweet dish in many villages of India.

It is an antioxidant, detoxifying agent and also has a moderate amount of calcium, phosphorus and zinc, which helps to maintain good health. Jaggery helps in the purification of blood, bile preventing rheumatic afflictions and disorders and also helps in the treatment of jaundice. It helps to regulate body temperature and hence is good for asthma patients. It can cure cough, cold, migraine, fatigue and other similar health problems. It helps regulate menstruation cycle in women and is a good source of iron. So, growing girls must consume it especially in their teen years. It gives instant energy and also helps in weight management.

Just a piece of sweet with so many benefits! Yes, that is what jaggery is...and apart from that it has a natural flavor that you would love! You can add it to any drink or dish of your choice and it would add a sweet juicy taste to it. My nieces enjoy it with warm Indian bread.

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  1. kristo
    kristo
    voted! wow, I had no idea how healthy it was!!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      yup...try adding it to chai....or green tea!
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  2. parneesha211
    Thanks for such useful info..vote#5
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  3. Anita Vegana
    I should try to hunt this down. I'm guessing the stores that import unusual international ingredients would have it. I voted. Please come read my new post, Hearty, Wholesome Vegan Bread, and vote if you like it.
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      You will get this or something similar to this in you city. There are other plant based syrups also available in stores abroad.
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      1. SnakeWitch
        Panela is available in Canada, so it should be in the US too.
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  4. SnakeWitch
    Sorry to have been a bit of a stranger lately, but I've been super busy with a large translation! I translated a whole book from French to English and am quite excited about this! By the way, I adore sugar cane juice with a sqeeze of lime. It's very popular here! Voted for you! Stop by my new post when you can!
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    1. Akanksha
      Akanksha
      Sure. wow...I find translation intimidating. Thanks for reading this one :-) I have been too busy myself and I was missing the fun here.
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      1. SnakeWitch
        I have the training, and yes, I can understand that this is not meant for everyone. I'm perfectly bilingual... did you know my first language is French? Most can't tell until I let them know.
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  5. Sumit  Bhardwaj
    Sumit Bhardwaj
    Well that was some great and useful information Akanksha :) Thanks for posting!
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  6. Veganara
    Veganara
    Voted.Fascinating blog - so jaggery is actually molasses? I had no idea of the health benefits - I didn't think any kind of sugars were very good for you! I could use this in my Mulled Xmas Cider recipe, do check that out! :-)
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    1. SnakeWitch
      Jaggery is used to make molasses. Sugar is cane juice without the molasses, basically. When cane sugar is boiled, it becomes a rich, dark brown colour, then they seep the molasses out to make sugar.
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  7. Eve Sherrill York
    Eve Sherrill York
    How interesting! I have never heard of this before. Voted!
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  8. Henry Solomon
    Voted.......very nice article Akanksha, informative and brief - effective. In fact I happen to come across your article looking for medicinal benefits of jaggery. I was inflicted with severe cough over the last few days, have been consuming cough syrup (thinking it will cure !), One of our neighbours sent some sesame laddoos (til laddoo) of which I had a small one and yo, ina few hours I realized that I was not coughing any more. The next day I tried one more and the cough seems to have done a disappearing act. Your article only reinforced what I experienced........keep blogging such stuff !
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