Come winters and we start to stock up our kitchen pantry with all things warm and fuzzy. From seasonal veggies, and fruits to grains, spices and more. One such ingredient is our humble jaggery or ‘gud’ in Hindi. A substitute for refined sugar, jaggery has been pronounced by health experts as one of the best digestives as well among other health benefits. No wonder elders in an Indian household have been eating a bite of it in winters since ages now. Due to its many vitamins and minerals, jaggery tends to keep you warm in chilly winter months. Besides that, let’s not forget the heavenly flavour of it! And well, it can be added to every sweet treat you prepare at home! 

So, if you haven’t been already noshing upon this healthy delight, here’s why you should start: 

1. Boosts Immunity

Loaded with antioxidants and minerals such as zinc and selenium, jaggery help prevent free-radical damage and also boost resistance against infections. The warming effect of jaggery also makes it a perfect food to treat cold and flu. 

2. Aids Digestion 

A small piece of jaggery can activate the digestive enzymes in the body, stimulates bowel movements and helps prevent and relieve constipation, thereby aiding digestion. Tuck in a piece of jaggery post meal to kick-start digestion. 

 

3. Controls Blood Pressure 

With a good amount of potassium and sodium present in jaggery, it maintains acid levels in the body which leads to stable blood pressure levels.  

4. Provides Energy 

In contrast to refined sugar, that comes with simple carbohydrates which absorbs and give instant energy, jaggery boasts of complex carbs that gradually gives energy to the body for a longer time.  

5. Cleanses the Body 

Jaggery is known as one of the best cleansing agents for the body as it removes unwanted particles from the body. Fright from the intestines, lungs, stomach to food pipe and respiratory tract, jaggery efficiently cleanse every bit of it.  

Besides eating jaggery as is, you can include jaggery in all your desserts, you can also make gud ki roti or paratha and also include it in your beverages instead of sugar.  

While jaggery is a healthier substitute of sugar, it is suggested to consume it in moderation.