Health Benefits of Gur/Jaggery

Gur/Jaggery is unrefined natural sugar that is produced without adding any chemicals. Jaggery is popularly known as the “medicinal sugar” and is nutritionally comparable with honey. It has been used as a sweetener in Ayurvedic Medicine for 3000 years. Indian Ayurvedic medicine considers jaggery to be beneficial in various ailments.

Nutritional Value of Jaggery

Jaggery is much more complicated than sugar because it is composed of longer sucrose chains, so it is digested slower than sugar and releases energy more slowly than spontaneously, thus providing energy for a longer period without causing harm to the body. When jaggery is cooked in an iron container, a large amount of iron salt will also accumulate during the cooking process. This iron also has health benefits, especially for people with anemia or iron deficiency


Jaggery also has minerals and vitamins which lacks in the refined sugar. The mineral content of jaggery includes calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and iron and traces of zinc and copper.


Of late, Gur/Jaggery has gained popularity as it claimed to have various health benefits, such as:

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