Ever Wondered Why Our Elders End a Meal with Jaggery (Gur)?

If your familiar with winters in the northen India, then perhaps yourfavourite dish is a plate of Makkiki Roti, gur and a generous dollop of ghee. The flavour of Jaggery  i.e. gur is just so heavenly. Nani’s magical Gur ki Roti loaded with ghee and saunf. To this day, the rustic earthy scent rewinds the clock in the mouth.

Jaggery i.e. “Gur”. It is basically unrefined sugar which is obtained from raw, concentrated sugarcane juice. It is prepared by boiling sugar cane juice till it solidifies and then put into blocks.

Jaggery is a rich source of potassium, a mineral that boosts metabolism and helps in reduction of water retention. This, in turn, helps in reducing weight.

Did you know that this substitute for sugar is loaded with components that will benefit one’s health?
Here are 7 jaggery benefits everyone should know:

1. Prevents constipation
Jaggery activates the digestive enzymes in the body, stimulates bowel movements and thus helps prevent and relieve constipation.

2. Detoxes the liver
Jaggery helps cleanse the liver by flushing out harmful toxins from the body. So if you want to effectively detox your body, bite into a piece of jaggery.

3. Treats flu-like symptoms
Fight symptoms of a cold and cough with the help of gur. All you need to do is mix it with warm water and drink up, or even add it in your tea instead of sugar to reap the benefits.

4. Blood purifier
One of the most well-known benefits of jaggery is its ability to purify the blood. When consumed on a regular basis and in limited quantities, it cleanses the blood, leaving your body healthy.

5. Boosts immunity
Jaggery is loaded with antioxidants and minerals such as zinc , which in turn help prevent free-radical damage and also boost resistance against infections. Jaggery also helps increase the total count of haemoglobin in the blood.

6. Cleanses the body

Jaggery is one of the best natural cleansing agents for the body, hence it is advised to eat jaggery to remove unwanted particles from the body. It efficiently cleans the respiratory tract, lungs, intestines, stomach and food pipe. Eating jaggery is highly recommended for people working in heavily polluted areas such as factories or coal mines.

7. Eases menstrual pain
Jaggery, due to its richness in many essential nutrients, is an effective natural treatment for menstrual problems, especially providing relief from cramps. In case you experience sudden mood swings just before your period, you should eat a small piece of jaggery daily to combat symptoms of PMS since it leads the release of endorphins. These endorphins relax your body, thereby preventing premenstrual syndrome (PMS).

Now that you know how good jaggery is for you, don’t feel guilty when you can’t stop munching on Gur Pare at home, or while digging into Nolen Gurer (date palm jaggery).

And surprisingly, this winter specialty is now available throughout the year since restaurants and sweet shops are using smart preserving techniques to feed the fan frenzy.

Written By: Vaishnavi Anil

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