Palm Jaggery we are calling as karuppatti in Tamil is made from the extract of Palm Trees. The process of making jaggery from the plant sources, does not involve any chemical agents and hence all the natural mineral salts are retained without adding any preservatives of chemicals. Jaggery is known to have various medicinal properties and other health benefits.
It is a relatively unrefined sugar. While manufacturing processes in sugar utilizes chemicals such as sulphur dioxide, lime and other bleaching agents, jiggery is prepared in a natural way, without removing minerals. Its mineral overtones and dark syrup has the lingering complexity of taste that can make eating imperative.
Palm Jaggery is reported to have more nutritional and medicinal value than cane sugar. It is a good source of Vitamin B complex and it also contains ascorbic acid. It is delicious and has mineral salts too. During pregnancy, elders traditionally give kashayams every night from 7 month onwards to ease up the pregnancy difficulties, widely practised in Tamilnadu.
Being rich in iron, it prevents diseases like anemia and also contains essential nutrients like magnesium and potassium. Magnesium is vital for the proper functioning of the nervous systems and the potassium regulates the blood pressure and the heart functions.It purifies the blood, prevents rheumatism and bile disorders and is highly nutritious in value. Jaggery is also useful in combating problems like cough and stomach ailments like indigestion, acidity and constipation. Recent scientific research has reaffirmed the benefits of jaggery for the sensitive organs of the human body like the lungs. Consumption of jaggery is useful for those who are exposed to pollution on a regular basis like industrial workers. It has been lauded for its ability to help the human body to fight off the ill effects of pollution.
Palm jaggery is a natural sweetner and Energy Food, it is very rich in minerals, predominantly iron with traces of other mineral salts. The benefits of palm jaggery include its ability to cleanse your body, act as a digestive agent, sweeten your food in a healthy manner, provide good amounts of minerals. Highly rich in calcium.People often prepare sweets with jaggery. Particularly for naivedyam, jaggery sweets are preferred to sugar sweets. Our elders, they may not have degrees, but they do know where the ingredients come from and how they are made. They avoid sugar in naivedyam.
Jaggery, which is bought in block form, is more nutritious and healthy than regular sugar because it is unrefined, contains no preservatives or synthetic additives, and has minerals such as magnesium, potassium and iron. Jaggery contains slightly less calories than table sugar, has a higher glycemic index and is sweeter than table sugar. Mahatma Gandhi recommended jaggery as part of his vegetarian, goats milk diet. He believed that consuming jaggery instead of sugar resulted in a slower rise in blood sugar.It is highly priced due to its medicinal properties and it makes it a unique product that can be used by people of all ages. Due to its cooling effects over human body, it is of high value. It does not have the bone meal content which is used for whitening processed sugar. Palm jaggery is quite popular in the Southern states of Tamil Nadu (called Karupattivellam or panavellam), Palm Jaggery is rich in calcium, iron and other useful vitamins and minerals.
Most of the time it is given to women who give birth to a child. If the palm jaggery are given to such women, then impurities in the breast milk would disappear and baby gets the white and clean milk during breast feeding. Even in the case of milking cows, the same thing is repeated after it gives birth to a calf.
Jaggery is a healthy alternative to white sugar and is commonly known as 'medicinal sugar', because of its various health benefits. Jaggery acts as a cleansing agent for our body and effectively cleans the respiratory tracts, food pipe, lungs, stomach and intestines. It helps the body to get rid of the unwanted particles and thus provides relief from constipation. Jaggery proves as a great digestive aid and speeds up the process of digestion. Eating a few grams of jaggery after a heavy meal is often recommended for those having problems with normal digestion. In the body, jaggery activates the various digestive enzymes and itself gets converted to acetic acid, thus speeding up digestion.
Jaggery is a rich source of many vital minerals that are required by the body for normal growth and functioning. It is considered as a store house of various important minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, etc. Jaggery is used since ancient times to treat problems such as dry cough, common cold and asthma.It is beneficial in treating conditions like indigestion and constipation.Jaggery helps in promoting relaxation of muscles, nerves and blood vessels, thus enhancing their functions.
Migraines, the most painful and uncomfortable type of headaches can be relieved to a large extent by jaggery. Jaggery is a rich source of iron and is therefore, very good for anemic people, as it increases the haemoglobin level in the blood. Jaggery has strong antioxidant properties and protects our body cells from the damage caused by free radicals. Jaggery has the ability to purify blood and helps in regulating the liver function. A mixture of jaggery and dry ginger powder taken with warm water can stop hiccups. Jaggery helps in regulating blood pressure and also helps the body to get rid of all the toxins. Jaggery is loaded with many essential nutrients such as proteins, vitamins and minerals, that play a key role in many life processes.
Jaggery has potassium content that may help in reducing bloating and water retention. Jaggery used as an Ayurvedic medicine comes from palms. A quick fix medicine for common cold, cough etc, it dissolves mucus and clears the throat. Our products are manufactured under controlled conditions to ensure high quality while at the same time retaining the nutrient value, freshness and flavour.
Replacing white sugar with palm sugar will definitely help prevent or postpone
onset of diabetes because of it's significantly lower GI. This can be particularly
important for people who have family histories of diabetes or people who are
diabetic prone. Palm Sugar helps reducing weight in a healthy way !
All carbohydrates are not the same. The Glycemic Index, (GI) is based on 25 years of research and ranks carbohydrates according to their impact on the blood glucose levels. Glycemic Index measures the speed at which the food raises the blood glucose level of a person. Foods that are processed by the body more quickly are ranked high in the GI.
The GI of Palmyra Palm Sugar is only 41. Any food whose GI is lesser than 55 is internationally considered to be Low GI. Click to see Glycemic-Index Lab Test report of Ecobuddy Palm Sugar
A diet rich in low GI carbohydrate – the carbohydrates that produce only small fluctuations in our blood glucose and insulin levels – is the secret to long-term health. Since Palm Sugar is low GI, it does not raise the blood sugar level immediately after consumption. Instead it is absorbed slowly by the body so it helps prevent/manage diabetes, hyoperglycemia and hypoglycemia.
With time and dedication the low GI diet plan has proven to be extremely effective in preventing diabetes, promoting weight loss and encouraging a healthy lifestyle.
Palm Sugar being a Low GI diet also helps cure POCS problem for women. It does play a major role in Women Health Palm Sugar is Thermogenic, that is, it takes more energy for your body to burn it. So it will increase metabolism, unlike many other weight loss diets.Palm Sugar helps burn fat. Generally Insulin makes store fat. Palm Sugar prevents insulin from flooding into the system. It also circulates glucagons. Glucagon stimulates fat burning.
Palm Sugar can be consumed by all ages, with all body shapes, obese or slim. The person who replaces cane sugar with palm sugar will definitely enjoy the increased energy levels and lower body fat levels, especially if the other food consumed is also tilted towards more of Low GI diet.
Palm Sugar does NOT have the bad after taste like in Stevia ! So Palm Sugar can be tastefully used in Tea, Coffee, Milk, Puddings, Pastries and Sweets !
Though Palm Sugar is NOT Sugar free or a substitute for Sugar free sweeteners, since the GI is low, replacing cane sugar or honey with palm sugar for all kinds of sweetening needs helps PREVENT diabetes and to loose weight. It CANNOT be used as a cure after diagnosed as having diabetes.
Palm Sugar has been the staple sweetener in India and in many South-Asian countries for thousands of years. In recent years especially after British Invasion, we switched to white bleached sugar. We know that the diabetic histories of the past generations ,say, before 100 years is much less comparing to now. Switching from Low GI Palm Sugar to High GI cane sugar is one important reason for the frequent diabetic occurrences apart from other reasons like change is lifestyle and other food patterns. Among our own elderly relatives we can see that people who had Palm Sugar as part of their earlier diet are much healthier than their counterparts.
Palm jaggery is rich in iron. Its regular consumption increases hemoglobin level and treats anemia. Magnesium, on the other hand, regulates the nervous system. High antioxidant content of this natural sweetener helps to protect body cells from damages caused by free radicals.