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Benefits of Jaggery And Its Side Effects

Gur or jaggery is generally made by boiling concentrated and raw sugarcane juice until it solidifies. It is better in comparison to white sugar which simply adds extra calories to the human body. Jaggery comes with a number of health advantages like its ability of cleansing the human body; supporting digestion and offering good quantities of minerals.

Benefits of Jaggery And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Jaggery
Nutritional Value of Jaggery
Health Benefits of Jaggery
Purifies blood
Rich in iron
Filled with minerals
Beauty treatment
Digestive process
Improves metabolism
Filled with iron
Water retention
Released hormones
Improves nervous system
Prevents respiratory issues
Joint relief
Uses of Jaggery
Side-Effects & Allergies of Jaggery
Origin And Cultivation of Jaggery

Jaggery

Jaggery is unrefined sugar which is called “Bellam” in Telugu, “Gur” in Hindi, “Sharkara” in Malayalam, “Vellam” in Tamil, “Gul” in Marathi and “Bella” in Kannada. It is derived from concentrated raw sugarcane juice. However, it can also be made using different other sources like nolen gur or date palm and coconut sap. Jaggery that is made from the juice of raw and concentrated sugarcane is the one that is commonly used. Jaggery is made by boiling the juice of sugarcane and then heating it for producing thick crystals. Jaggery consists of sugar in the form of sucrose and is widely used in different food products in the form of a sweetener. It is considered healthier in comparison to refined sugar because there are different plant minerals and phytochemicals preserved in jaggery. There are a lot of people who avoid having jaggery mainly because of its raw appearance that is not very appealing. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to make it a regular and integral part of one’s diet because it offers essential nutrients and also because it is one of the most effective remedies for different medical problems.

Nutritional Value of Jaggery

The carbohydrate content of jaggery is around 98% while its sugar content is 97%. 10 grams of this unrefined sugar offers 38 calories. This Indian sweetener is one of the healthiest substitutes of chemically processed or industrial sugar. It is to be noted that the nutritional value of this unrefined sugar might not satisfy the mineral and vitamin requirements of individuals. However, these nutrients are also not found in the refined sugar that people have on a regular basis. Jaggery comes in colors ranging from dark brown to golden brown and consists of 20% invert sugars, 20% moisture and 50% sucrose. It is also effectively combined with coconut, peanuts, white sugar and condensed milk.

Health Benefits of Jaggery

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Jaggery
Health Benefits of Jaggery

Purifies blood

One of the most popular advantages of jaggery is that it possesses the ability of purifying blood. If consumed regularly, jaggery goes a long way in cleansing blood and in leaving the body healthy. It also helps in preventing different blood disorders and diseases by boosting the count of hemoglobin. Jaggery also boosts immunity and thus helps in the prevention of different blood-related problems

Rich in iron

Jaggery is quite rich in its content of folate and iron and therefore it helps in the prevention of anemia. It also offers instant energy preventing weakness and fatigue of the human body

Filled with minerals

Jaggery is packed with minerals and antioxidants like selenium and zinc and these help in preventing free-radical damage. These minerals and antioxidants also help in boosting the body’s resistance to different infections.

Beauty treatment

Jaggery proves to be highly beneficial when used for beauty treatment. It comes loaded with several natural properties ensuring the health of the skin for a very long span of time. It is rich in its content of different minerals and vitamins and thus offers proper nourishment to the skin. Proper nourishment for the skin means healthy and glowing skin. Jaggery is also effective in preventing and treating different skin problems like pimples and acne

Digestive process

It is quite effective in maintaining proper functioning of the digestive system. Properly functioning digestive system means proper prevention of digestive issues and improvement in digestion at the same time. Jaggery stimulates the secretion of digestive enzyme and therefore speeds up the procedure of digestion. Proper digestion helps in regulating bowel movement and in preventing issues like constipation, intestinal worms and flatulence

Improves metabolism

The high mineral content of jaggery and high levels of potassium helps in the management of weight. This is done by reducing the retention of extra water in the human body. The potassium content of jaggery maintains electrolyte balance, improves metabolism and builds muscles help in weight loss.

Filled with iron

Jaggery is one of the richest sources of iron and therefore it should be eaten in combination with foods that are rich in vitamin C. This helps in the absorption of iron within the body. Jaggery is considered one of the best sources of getting long, smooth, strong, black and healthy hair. Applying jaggery paste on hair prior to shampooing can help in making hair naturally long and beautiful.

Water retention

Minor health issues like water retention, migraine, bloating and cough and cold that are experienced by individuals on a regular basis can easily be dealt with the help of jaggery. The only thing that needs to be done is mixing jaggery with warm water or adding it in tea for reaping instant benefits.

Released hormones

Women who experience mood swings prior to having their periods can greatly benefit from having jaggery. Mood swings are the cause of fluctuating hormone levels in the body. Jaggery helps in the release of happy hormones called endorphins. These relax the body making women feel better.

Improves nervous system

Jaggery also helps in preventing major issues faced with the nervous system of the body. It contains several natural properties which are of good help in keeping the nervous system functioning properly. This in turn helps individuals in staying healthy and normal.

Prevents respiratory issues

Having jaggery on a regular basis can help in prevention of different respiratory issues like bronchitis and asthma. Experts are of the view that taking jaggery in the form of a natural sweetener in perfect combination with sesame seeds can be highly beneficial for the respiratory system in human beings. Jaggery contains properties that help in regulating the temperature of the body and this is something that is highly beneficial for the patients of asthma. It is also worth noting that jaggery contains anti-allergy properties as well

Joint relief

For the ones who tend to suffer from pains and aches in their joints, having jaggery can offer the much required relief. If experts are to be believed, jaggery when taken along with ginger can work wonders in alleviating joint pain. Having a glass of milk along with jaggery on a regular basis can also help in strengthening the bones and in preventing bone and joint problems like arthritis.

Uses of Jaggery

Jaggery by many people is used as a lining to coat the walls of earthen ovens. In many rural parts of India, jaggery has for decades been used a toothpaste. Inferior quality jaggery mixed with a little dust of tobacco and is used to clean the teeth. Jaggery is also used in cattle feed during winters as it helps them keep warm. it also increases the milk yield.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Jaggery

Consuming high amount of jaggery for a long time can lead to increase in weight. If not consumed in moderation, it may lead to increase in blood sugar levels. Consuming jaggery for a long period can result in intestinal worm infestation and parasitic infections.

Origin And Cultivation of Jaggery

Consuming high amount of jaggery for a long time can lead to increase in weight. If not consumed in moderation, it may lead to increase in blood sugar levels. Consuming jaggery for a long period can result in intestinal worm infestation and parasitic infections.

Popular Questions & Answers

I am suffering with low hemoglobin 8 mg (54%) and vertigo problem. Since last few days I am suffering with revolving head and unable to stand stable for a minute. Please suggest how to improve blood levels and treatment for vertigo.

MBBS, Diploma in Otorhinolaryngology (DLO), DNB (ENT)
ENT Specialist, Bangalore
HB of 8 is very low. Get it corrected with injections. Giddiness needs to evaluated as it could be a part of anemia or ear problem. Kindly visit ENT specialisr.
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I am a diabetic patient. My fasting blood sugar is usually around 120-130. Can you suggest me a diet plan to help control my blood sugar level.

MBBS, CCEBDM, Diploma in Diabetology
Endocrinologist, Hubli-Dharwad
Mr. lybrate-user, Thanks for the query. Ideally when diabetes is well controlled fasting blood glucose should be < 100 mg & PP 150 to 160 mg & HbA1c% <6.8. You have not mentioned about PP glucose level and HbA1c%. To suggest a diet plan I need to know following details: Fasting, PP glucose levels, HbA1c%, present dietary pattern extent of daily exercise, drugs being taken. Then only I will be able to give a specific dietary plan. Looking at your weight and height, your BMI is 29.07 kgs/M2, which close to being grade 1 obesity. Hence weight reduction is one of the basic requirement, so I need to know your present diet pattern. Your ideal weight has to 68 kgs. Thanks.

My mother is a diabetic patient and her sugar level is always high. Please give some suggestions for controlling the sugar level.

MBBS, MD
Endocrinologist, Delhi
Strict diet control and regular exercise are cornerstone of diabetes management. She should avoid sugar, jaggery,honey, sweets,sweet fruits like banana, mangoes,grapes, cheekoo etc. Regular exercise like walking, yoga etc. If still blood sugar is not controlled start oral antidiabetic medicines under guidance of a physicianm.
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Popular Health Tips

Bloated Belly - 6 Possible Things That Can Cause It!

Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
General Physician, Delhi
Bloated Belly - 6 Possible Things That Can Cause It!

A bloated abdomen is very upsetting, both for cosmetic reasons and also because it makes one feel lousy and lethargic. Also, it can bring your energy levels down in a big way. However, the good news is that bloated belly can be managed by making some basic changes in the way you eat and/or drink.

Knowing what causes bloated belly is the first step towards managing it.

  1. Using a straw: Whether you are drinking a smoothie or shakes, coffee or tea, drink it directly from the glass. When sipping through a straw, a lot of air is consumed along with it, and that leaves you with a bloated feeling. If it is coke or aerated drink that is being consumed, it makes it even worse.
  2. Packaged foods: While packaged foods help you by saving cooking time and provide a quick fix for the hunger pangs, they also come packed with loads of sodium. This leaves you with a bloated feeling, and if you are someone who uses packaged foods at each meal, it is almost there to stay. Switch to fresh foods and see how your bloating disappears.
  3. Low-calorie foods: As we all are busy watching calories, we have started using aspartame. Be it artificial sweeteners for the coffee or diet cokes, these contain substances which take much longer to digest and so they stay in your tummy for a longer period of time. They are not recognized as foods by the stomach and so it takes time to digest. Switching to a no-sugar diet (minus the aspartame) or using palm jaggery can instantly provide relief.
  4. Legume/Bean family: While legumes are known as the best protein source, especially for vegetarians, they are also loaded with gas. Whether it is the regular beans, green peas, double beans, or kidney beans, they all have a great tendency to bloat you up. The carbohydrate in these are not easy to digest, giving the gassy bloated feeling. Taking an anti-gas agent when there are too many beans on your plate is very much recommended.
  5. Excessive use of gums or candy: For those who are used to chewing on gums or candies, there is a lot of air that is swallowed during this process. An alternative is to keep taking small sips of water, which will not leave you feeling bloated. The water also helps reduce bloating by keeping a constant movement of the intestine.
  6. Eating too fast: As we are all pressed for time, there is no time to sit down and eat. However, eating too fast leads to bloating in two ways. Firstly, by taking in a large amount of air along with the food. Secondly, by not chewing the food properly, bigger pieces of food reach the stomach and leave you feeling bloated. If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult a General Physician.
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Acidity - 6 Amazing Home Remedies That Can Help!

BAMS
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
Acidity - 6 Amazing Home Remedies That Can Help!

Acidity is an ailment that troubles most people regardless of the absence of any other medical condition. It causes discomfort in the chest region along with heart burn and indigestion. If you are distressed with acidity, you may consider undergoing Ayurvedic treatment which would help in alleviating the problem to a great extent.

1. Tulsi leaves:
• Tulsi leaves help in stimulating the stomach for production of more mucus and are also rich in anti-ulcer properties which cause a significant reduction in the effects of gastric acid.
• It is recommended to chew 5 to 6 clean Tulsi leaves when you have acidity to soothe the stomach.

2. Bananas:
• The potassium content in ripe bananas helps in eliminating sudden bouts of acidity.
• Bananas also aid in relieving constipation problems and cause healthy bowel movement.

3. Cumin seeds:
• Cumin seeds which are commonly used in cooking dishes have anti-inflammatory properties that aid in soothing the digestive tract.
• These stimulate saliva production, boost metabolism and relieve the problem of bloating along with other discomforts caused by gastric troubles.
• You may chew a few cumin seeds when troubled with acidity or boil them in water and drink the solution.

4. Cold milk:
• The richness of calcium in milk aids in reducing acid problems and absorbing the acid which has already been produced.
• It helps in providing instant relief from the burning sensation owing to its coldness.
• But it is important to drink it plain without any additives like sugar.

5. Cloves:
• Cloves are known for their calmative properties which help to improve the process of peristalsis by which food moves down the stomach.
• When you put a clove in your mouth, just bite it once to help in releasing the extracts which would reach your digestive tract and immediately lower down the acid reflux.

6. Ginger:
• If you do not find raw ginger to be very pungent, you can keep a candied ginger slice in your mouth for instant relief from acidity.
• If you feel that you wouldn’t be able to chew raw ginger, you can boil it in water and drink it after it cools down.
• Ginger can be also eaten with a small piece of jaggery to help the juice reach the stomach and alleviate the acidity.

7. Mint leaves:
• Commonly referred to as ‘pudina’, mint leaves are known for lowering the acid content and improve digestion.
• If you feel that an acid attack is imminent, you can chop down a few mint leaves and boil it in water and drink the solution for eliminating bloating problems.

These few Ayurvedic remedies can help in soothing acidity along with its other symptoms.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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10 Effective Tips To Help You Stay Healthy During Navaratri Fasting!

PG Diploma in Nutrition & Diabeties, M.Sc.in Food & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ghaziabad
10 Effective Tips To Help You Stay Healthy During Navaratri Fasting!

Navaratri is just around the corner, and it will culminate into Dussehra. Each of the nine days of the festival is dedicated to nine forms of Goddess Shakti.

It is a time of fasting, and it is considered to be the best time to cleanse the body and make the body stronger. Most people who undergo fasting do not consume pulse, grain, and meat during this period which would make the body devoid of essential nutrients. It is important to make the most of this time, it’s also important to stay healthy and maintain a diet that helps you get through the coming 9 days of continuous fasting. Hence, here is an insight into how to carry on with the fasting and enjoy the festive spirit healthily.

Tips To Fasting In A Healthy Way!

  1. It is always better to eat small meals instead of complete starvation. This will help in maintaining the proper amount of blood glucose level and ensure that one does not get tired easily.
  2. Unless you are on a 'nirjal vrat' (fast where you don't even have water), keep yourself hydrated. It is always good to keep the body hydrated by drinking lots of water. Other liquids like coconut water, buttermilk, green tea and lemon water are healthy additions.
  3. As the body is devoid of any regular source of protein during this time, the diet can comprise Amaranth, which is an excellent source of protein. Amaranth porridge with milk or daliya with lots of vegetables can just fuel up the body for the whole day.
  4. High carbohydrate foods like potatoes and sabudana should be combined with fibrous vegetables like cabbage, tomatoes, capsicum, bottle gourd, etc.
  5. The vegetables should be roasted, grilled or baked instead of deep-frying them.
  6. To make up for the deficiency of carbohydrates and protein, you can also make chapattis or pooris with the help of Kuttu. Samak rice is also very good for the digestive system during this time. It should be accompanied with lots of vegetables.
  7. The craving for sweet can be met by fruits, apple kheer, Samak rice kheer, and raita. One should not go for food which is deep-fried or those easily available packets of salted snacks. This is because they are high in salt and fat content. Almonds, raisins or walnuts can be taken in.
  8. Refined sugar should never be used and should be substituted with healthy alternatives like jaggery or honey.
  9. During this time, if a heavy lunch is taken, the dinner should be kept light.
  10. While cooking food, rock salt or sendha namak should be the only salt which is used. It helps in keeping the blood pressure levels in control and also helps in better absorption of minerals.

Fasting is an age-old phenomenon, practiced for ages for religious purposes aimed at improving good health if done right. Embrace the joy of festival with the best of fasting recipes. From old favorurites to new ones, indulge in a lot more than just a usual fare-

#Recipe1: Banana Walnut Lassi Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup low-fat yoghurt
  • 1/2 banana
  • 3-4 walnuts (or include Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, almonds and pine nuts)
  • 1 tsp seeds (mix of flax seeds and sesame seeds)
  • 1-2 tsp honey

Method-

  1. Step-I In a food processor, pour yoghurt, whey powder, flax seed, sesame seeds, walnuts, honey and bananas.
  2. Step-II Blend it well till smooth and creamy.
  3. Step-III Transfer into a glass and garnish with chopped walnuts before serving.

#Recipe2: Sabudana Khichdi Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup sabudana (sago)
  • 1/2 cup peanuts (roasted)
  • 2 Tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp zeera (cumin seeds)
  • 3-4 sabut lal Mirch (whole dried red pepper)
  • 1 sprig kadhi patta (curry leaves)
  • 2 tsp or to taste sendha Namak (white rock salt)
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1 Tbsp hara dhania (coriander leaves)
  • 1 tsp green chillies, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

Method-

  1. Step-I Soak Sabudana in water for about an hour.
  2. Step-II Drain, then spread over a thick cloth for about 1hour. It is important for the water to drain out very well and there should be no moisture.
  3. Step-III In a bowl, mix sabudana, peanuts, sendha namak or rock salt, and chilli powder very well, so that it is coated well with this mixture.
  4. Step-IV Heat the ghee and add zeera, lal mirch and kadhi patta.
  5. Step-V When mirch darkens a bit, add sabudana mixture and turn around over low heat till cooked through.
  6. Step-VI Take it off the heat, add the lemon juice and mix well.
  7. Step-VII Serve garnished with the coriander leaves and green chillies.

#Recipe3: Sabudana Bhel Recipe
Ingredients: 

  • ½ cup sabudana 
  • 1 medium-sized potato (boiled and peeled)
  • 1 pinch red chili powder 
  • 1 tablespoon peanuts 
  • 1 tablespoon cashews
  • 1 tablespoon chopped coriander leaves (dhania patta)
  • 2 teaspoon oil
  • few drops of lemon juice or as required
  • rock salt or sendha namak as required

Method-

  1. Step-I Soak the sabudana in enough water overnight or for 4-5 hours.
  2. Step-II In a pan, dry roast the peanuts till they are browned and crisp. Remove and keep aside.
  3. Step-III In the same pan, roast the cashews till golden. Remove and keep aside.
  4. Step-IV Heat 2 tsp of oil in the same pan. Add the sabudana and continue to stir while sauting them.
  5. Step-V Stir and cook till the sabudana pearls become transparent, softened and completely cooked.
  6. Step-VI Mix the mashed boiled potatoes, peanuts, cashews, coriander leaves, lemon juice, rock salt, red chili powder.
  7. Step-VII Garnish with a few coriander leaves and serve the sabudana bhel in bowls.

If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.

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Health Tips For Psoriasis!

Diploma in Medical Cosmetology, MBBS
Dermatologist, Hyderabad
Health Tips For Psoriasis!

An often persistent and long-lasting condition, psoriasis interferes with the life cycle of skin cells and causes them to increase rapidly on the surface of the skin. These generally appear as dry, itchy and red patches of skin having thick, silvery scales.

Psoriasis can be subdivided into the following:

  1. Plaque psoriasis: The most common form, characterized by dry, red skin lesions covered with silvery scales and can be seen anywhere on the body.
  2. Scalp psoriasis: These appear on the scalp and may extend beyond the hairline.
  3. Nail psoriasis: These affect the toenails and fingernails.
  4. Guttate psoriasis: Characterized by blister-like appearances and are stimulated by bacterial infections.
  5. Inverse psoriasis: Caused by fungal infections.
  6. Erythrodermic psoriasis: Can cover the entire body with a reddish rash that may peel.
  7. Pustular psoriasis: Capable of causing chills, fever and diarrhea.

The usual signs and symptoms of psoriasis include:

  • Red, sensitive patches of skin
  • A silvery, scaly cover
  • Dry and cracked skin that may bleed when scratched or agitated
  • Tiny scaling spots (witnessed in children)
  • Persistent itching, soreness or burning sensation
  • Ridged, thickened or pitted nails
  • Stiff and swollen joints

Possible causes of psoriasis may include:

  1. Skin infections or strep throat infections
  2. Stress
  3. Skin injuries, like cuts, bites or sunburns
  4. Smoking
  5. Cold weather
  6. Chronic alcoholism
  7. Certain medications such as high blood pressure medications

Risk factors

The following factors may further increase the risk of developing the disease:

  1. Fungal and bacterial infections
  2. Family history
  3. Obesity
  4. Stress
  5. Smoking

A few health tips for psoriasis patients:

  1. Maintain safer distance from the possible variables that cause or aggravate psoriasis
  2. Practice yoga regularly. Yoga can lessen the intensity of psoriasis.
  3. Avoid pricking, peeling or scratching your skin.
  4. Make sure to pat your skin dry after washing, and avoid rubbing vigorously with towel or any rough cloth.
  5. Avoid artificial cleansers and use gram flour (besan flour) instead.
  6. Use cotton clothes
  7. Avoid cold water bath or immediate cleaning up right after heavy work-out, long walks, or travel.
  8. Avoid food stuffs that can cause indigestion.
  9. Avoid excessive salty and acidic food stuffs, radish, urad dal, sesame, jaggery (gur), curds, fish and other sour food stuffs that can trigger psoriasis. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dermatologist.
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Virudh Ahar (Incompatible foods)

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Zirakpur
Virudh Ahar (Incompatible foods)

Ayurveda 's Vagbhatta has described to avoid some foods which should not be taken in combination with each other. Some examples of food combos to be avoided:

  • Green leafy vegetables and drinking of milk.
  • Meat of animals and honey, black gram, jaggery etc.
  • Milk and sour substances
  • Milk and fish 
  • Cooked honey is not compatible 
  • Curd at night
  • Drinking of cold water after hot tea, coffee or hot food intake.
  • Bronze vessel clarified butter kept more than a week should not be heated for consumption.
  • Honey, ghee, oils, fats,  bone marrow etc in combo.
  • Milk, banana, fruit salad are not compatible as per Ayurveda. 

EFFECTS OF CONSUMING VIRUDH AHARA:

Allergic disorders, Digestive disorders, Mandagni (chronic digestive fire weakness), skin disorders, epilepsy, infertility, insanity,  Irrirable Bowel Syndrome,  psychosomatic ailments,  ascites are some of the possibilities of constant incompatible food intake.

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Table of Content

Jaggery
Nutritional Value of Jaggery
Health Benefits of Jaggery
Purifies blood
Rich in iron
Filled with minerals
Beauty treatment
Digestive process
Improves metabolism
Filled with iron
Water retention
Released hormones
Improves nervous system
Prevents respiratory issues
Joint relief
Uses of Jaggery
Side-Effects & Allergies of Jaggery
Origin And Cultivation of Jaggery