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Is Jaggery Good for Diabetics?

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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.

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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.

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

Dr Janardhana Hebbar

Senior Ayurvedic Consultant at CureJoy, Dr. Hebbar has authored 4 books on Ayurveda. Special interests are Kayachikitsa (Internal Medicine) and Shalya chikitsa (Surgery).

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Virendra Gupta
Virendra Gupta 5pts

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.

Rouba El-Ali
Rouba El-Ali 5pts

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

Sabrina Bateh Kuruvilla
Sabrina Bateh Kuruvilla 5pts

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.

Veron Nic A
Veron Nic A 5pts

Never heard of jaggery before. Interesting name. Thanks for the info =)

Nyayapathi Narayan
Nyayapathi Narayan 5pts

jaggery based sweets are better than sugar... tradional (south indian) sweets are mostly jaggery based.. *slurp*

Sanju Babu
Sanju Babu 5pts

Always using Jaggery with Tea. If anybody can provide Orgnaic product name, pleae mentioned here..

Sree Rama Murthy
Sree Rama Murthy 5pts

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

Sajjidah Usman
Sajjidah Usman 5pts

Sorry Ayurveda isn't it Sugar cane not Palm sugar

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

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.

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

It also comes with lot of benefits :)

Adithyan SK
Adithyan SK 5pts

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..

Istmenia Custer
Istmenia Custer 5pts

Sorry, but never heard of this sugar, looks good thoug!

Adithyan SK
Adithyan SK 5pts

maybe or maybe not..but its better than the processed sugar anyways

Kedar Borgaonkar
Kedar Borgaonkar 5pts

Very useful energy source basically after long day work, long drive or even stressful day. It provides medicinal energy suitable for energy boost.

Massimo Vaj
Massimo Vaj 5pts

I'm sorry for you, I know exactly what it means, because I'm allergic to composite, amarantacee, graminacee and molds :(

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

True.Excess of anything is bad! :)

Massimo Vaj
Massimo Vaj 5pts

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

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Stevia should be consumed in moderation

Rozmina Rahman
Rozmina Rahman 5pts

How do you know if jaggery is pure, most of the ones we find here are not real but Sugar

Ayurveda
Ayurveda 5pts

Glad to help Rajesh BK :)

Rajesh BK
Rajesh BK 5pts

Thanks for the clarification. I was always wondering if sugar and jaggery were same as the source is same.

Rose Drago-Colby
Rose Drago-Colby 5pts

Where can we purchase this?? Do you recommend certain brands over others??

Barry Anderson
Barry Anderson 5pts

Chef Barry uses 12 different alternatives from nature to not use refined process sugar. Later his list will be published .

Rajith PS
Rajith PS 5pts

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.

Gustavo Acero
Gustavo Acero 5pts

I'd rather have it for me...forget the diabetes!