Is Jaggery Good for Diabetics?
The answer, sadly for all those diabetics who consume jaggery as a safe sugar “substitute”, is: JAGGERY IS NOT SAFE FOR DIABETICS.
Jaggery has immense medicinal value and has been used in Ayurvedic Science as a sweetener which purifies blood, aids digestion, improves lung health, strengthens the nervous system, prevents anemia, promotes bone health and also protects the body against environmental toxins.
Though derived from the same source, table sugar and jaggery are different due to their nutrient composition. Sugar is “stripped” of all nutrients during the chemical crystallization process while jaggery retains essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, copper and zinc. So jaggery is definitely the “healthier” choice.
But for diabetics the key is to avoid foods with high glycemic index (absorption rate of sugars by the body). This is where both jaggery and sugar are similar (have almost the same glycemic index) and cause the same detrimental impact of heightening blood sugar levels. Jaggery, containing complex sucrose, is slightly slower in getting absorbed but catches up within a couple of hours.
For a healthy person, jaggery is a healthy substitute for sugar but diabetics may occasionally enjoy a jaggery laced treat, however frequent use is certainly not recommended.
Is it gur or shakkar. Jindal Nature Cure hospital in Blr gives jaggery to patients. That is a powder type thing like Shankar, which is available in North India.
Ayurveda thank you, this was very good information, I never heard of Jaggery before either, and I couldn't find it at whole foods so I will have to order it online to try it, thanks
No it's not safer for diabetics. Please do not give diabetics false info. It's a better sweetener for non-diabetics but this should not be consumed by diabetics who should stick to a paleo style diet.
jaggery based sweets are better than sugar... tradional (south indian) sweets are mostly jaggery based.. *slurp*
Any type 1 / 2 Jaggery carries calcium also rice and sugar two harm ful things for diabetics....... Nice item in menu "chikki" has evn lot of protien good for muzle n hair fall\U0001f64f\U0001f3fb\U0001f64f\U0001f3fb\U0001f64f\U0001f3fb
Muscovado is a moist, fine sticky-textured sugar. It has the flavor depth of molasses w/out the pungency. Light muscovado is excellent in baked goods, toffee sauces, and for making tomato relishes & chutneys; whereas the more intense flavour of the dark version is ideal for fruitcakes, marinades, and chili sauces.Jaggery (Palm Sugar): Made from the sap of various palm trees; it is available in both dark & light styles -- the former being stronger flavored. Palm sugar is most commonly sold shaped into cylinders, round cake-like pieces, or as in thick liquid form in jars, sometimes labelled "palm honey." The former type needs to be shaved or grated before use, while the latter is mostly used as a spread on sweet breads and in confectionery.
guys one thing u need to know is jaggery is made out of natural substances...i eat this alot of this in my childhood days in India..
Very useful energy source basically after long day work, long drive or even stressful day. It provides medicinal energy suitable for energy boost.
I'm sorry for you, I know exactly what it means, because I'm allergic to composite, amarantacee, graminacee and molds :(
Also spaghetti in moderation :D The problem of his moderation there will be when many products will marketed after to be sweetened with stevia, cause its possible accumulation
Thanks for the clarification. I was always wondering if sugar and jaggery were same as the source is same.
Chef Barry uses 12 different alternatives from nature to not use refined process sugar. Later his list will be published .
I'm using grated jaggery for my oats supper...1/3 cup oats and two spoon grated jaggery...few resins, peanut and cashewnut boiled few minutes in water will become tasty and nutritious supper.