New dimensions in development of health-based spices and herbs fortified value added jaggery products

by Dr.Jaggery Team on August 25, 2021

 Govind. P. Rao
 Division of Plant Pathology, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi-110012, India
Society for Conservation & Resource Development of Medicinal Plants, A-155, Weaver's Colony, Ashok Vihar, Phase-IV, New Delhi-110052 Delhi, India

Priyanka Singh
 Sugar Chemistry Division, U.P. Council of Sugarcane Research, Shahjahanpur-242001, Uttar Pradesh, India

Scientific Correspondence Journal | Medicinal Plants | Vol. 13 (2), June 2021, 183-193

Jaggery is a sugar-rich food product prepared by the concentration of sugarcane juice and it is an integral part of the rural diet in many developing countries. It is consumed directly and also used in confectionery products, along with its varied uses in ayurvedic and traditional medicines. In Ayurveda, jaggery is considered to be the best among all sugarcane products, and also the most valuable nutritive sweetener. Extensive research has been done on the beneficial health properties of jaggery that exist because it preserves most of the nutrients present in natural sugarcane juice when compared to white sugar. Jaggery, a rich source of minerals and vitamins contains calcium, phosphorus, zinc (Nath et al., 2015) and micronutrients which are antitoxic and anti-carcinogenic in properties (Sahu and Paul, 1998). The phosphorus content in jaggery ranged from 18 to 21 mg, potassium ranged from 178.33 to 661.67 mg, sodium 27.73 to 276.00 mg, magnesium ranged from 57.49 to 114.40 mg, and iron ranged from 11.15 to 12.09 mg (Srivastava and Singh, 2020). According to Ayurveda, the properties of jaggery’s Rasayana (rejuvenation) and Balya (strength) promote and sustain
overall human health.

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