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Jaggery Tea

To stay fit and eat healthy, many people have started ditching sugar for substitute sweeteners like jaggery and honey.

So does that mean jaggery is a guaranteed way to avoid calories and decrease insulin spikes? Not really. Taking to Instagram, food therapist Dr. Ria Banerjee Ankola shared that both — jaggery and sugar — have a similar caloric profile.

Sugar and jaggery are sweeteners produced from sugarcane juice, but they go through different processing steps. Sugar is made by condensing and crystallising sugarcane juice syrup, whereas jaggery is made by boiling the molasses for several hours and then forming it into a firm shape. “Both have similar calorie content and effects on the body. The only difference is that jaggery is unprocessed and has health benefits.”

So, what makes jaggery superior?

In contrast to sugar, which only provides calories and no nutrients, jaggery contains traces of iron, fibre, and minerals as well as calories.

Is it safe to consume jaggery?

Though jaggery is highly nutritious than sugar, it should be consumed in moderation as it has a high-calorie content and should be avoided by diabetics.

According to Healthline.com, replacing jaggery with white sugar offers a few extra nutrients, making it healthier. 






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