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Replace sugar with jaggery in your tea for these miraculous health benefits: There are a lot of substitutes for diabetic patients, such as stevia and sugar-free capsules, but for those who aren't diabetic, the best option is jaggery.
By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | November 6, 2019 10:40:25 am
If you are a tea lover, you would know there is nothing better than starting your day with a perfect cup of tea. But due to the sugar in tea, a lot of people have to keep a count of cups they have daily. Though sugar is widely used in many households and tea-houses, it is not so healthy. And for those who like their tea sweet, it can lead to a spike in blood sugar levels.
There are a lot of substitutes for diabetic patients such as stevia and sugar-free capsules, however, for those who aren’t diabetic, the best option is jaggery. Sugar is the refined product of sugarcane whereas jaggery is a more natural and less processed sweetener. It also adds several other benefits as well.
It is healthier than sugar as it contains a number of vitamins and minerals like phosphorous, iron, magnesium and potassium. Consuming jaggery in winters helps in generating enough heat in the body, keeping you warm inside.
* Jaggery has a positive effect on digestion, especially for people who suffer from constipation. It’s ideal to have your morning tea made with jaggery as it speeds up digestion after the long hours of fasting.
* Jaggery is a rich source of iron, which is an important component of haemoglobin. Eating portions of jaggery every day will increase the intake of iron, which helps red blood cells to carry oxygen from your lungs and transport it throughout your body. It’s super useful for people suffering from anaemia.
* Ginger in tea, when combined with jaggery, will help to improve immunity and keep you away from the common cold and allergies.
* It is rich in antioxidants that help in preventing free radicals damage in the body. It also acts as a cleansing agent which helps to flush out toxins from various organs and gives you healthy -looking skin.
* A controlled amount of jaggery can help in weight loss journey, especially those who struggle to shed extra kilos from the tummy area. It creates a healthy metabolism, which helps digest food better and faster.
You can eat it with a piece of ginger to alleviate joint pain, or even drink a glass of milk with jaggery every day to help strengthen the bones, thus preventing joint and bone problems such as arthritis.
1. Weight Loss: There are approximately 387 calories in 100 gm of sugar. The same amount of jaggery is likely to have the same amount of calories. But unlike sugar, it won’t trigger a sweet craving, thereby, your binge-eating of sugary food.
2. Iron: People who are suffering from anaemia must make this switch as sugar is devoid of any nutrient. On the other hand, 100 gm of jaggery contains 11 mg of iron, 70-90 mg of Magnesium, 1050 mg potassium.
3. Cold and cough: Jaggery is a natural remedy for cold and cough, without having any side effect. While many will ask you to take ginger-tulsi tea when you suffer from seasonal cold and flu, add jaggery ditching sugar to double the impact.
4. Fights pollution: We are again heading towards that time of the year when NCR will get wrapped in a thick blanket of smog. Stubble burning, Diwali, approaching winter will make breathing troublesome. Take jaggery as it can prevent air pollution-related toxicity.
5. Digestion: Eating a piece of jaggery after a heavy meal was an old custom which gradually got lost as people started having a glass of soft drinks (high on sugar content) to wash down the food. The significance of the custom was to aid in digestion as jaggery, it is believed, can stimulate bowel movements.