National Nutrition Week: 5 reasons for you to leave sugar and switch to jaggery

National Nutrition Week: In a tussle between jaggery and refined sugar, the former always wins since cane sugar is a

Updated on Sep 03, 2021 03:16 PM IST 6 Photos

Jaggery is still sugar at the end of the day and should only be used very sparingly as per your preferences and dietary goals but when compared with refined sugar, opting for jaggery is a healthier choice as it will get you a few extra nutrients.(Twitter/24MantraOrganic)

1. The molasses is a nutritious by-product of the sugar-making process which is removed while making refined sugar. The molasses content in jaggery (also called cane sugar) makes it more nutrient.(Photo by David Clode on Unsplash)

2. Jaggery is rich in vitamins and minerals. Refined white sugar contains only “empty calories” or calories without any vitamins, minerals, protein, fat, fiber, or other beneficial compounds(Photo by Evan Hein on Unsplash)


3. Refined sugar suppresses one’s immune system which is more likely to lead to sickness and reduction of body’s ability to ward off disease. As for jaggery, it makes for a great immunity booster and builds a shield against health ailments like cough and cold.(Photo by Monika Grabkowska on Unsplash)

4. Jaggery consumption leads to improved digestive health, anemia prevention, liver detoxification and improved immune function whereas refined sugars are linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, depression, dementia, liver disease and certain types of cancer.(Photo by John Cutting on Unsplash)