A sweet and delicious snack that is consumed during winter months, jaggery is rich in many vital nutrients and minerals and it boosts immunity. Especially during winter, it keeps the body warm and controls the temperature of the body. It also activates natural digestive enzymes in the body which helps prevent constipation and help you keep your gut healthy. Have a small piece of jaggery after your lunch to kick-start the digestion process, which is the key to good health. It also helps cleanse the liver by flushing out harmful toxins. Mix a piece of jaggery with warm water and drink up to keep colds at bay.
A staple in many Indian cuisines, jaggery powder is a healthy substitute for sugar in many dishes. It is available in powder form, palm jaggery form or liquid (kakvi) form. When consumed in winters, it has a warming effect on the body. One of its most beneficial effects is that it is a natural blood purifier. Loaded with antioxidants and minerals such as zinc and selenium, jaggery helps prevent free radical damage which causes skin cancer and other skin diseases. Apart from increasing the haemoglobin count in the body, it eases menstrual pain. Mix jaggery powder with warm water and drink it if the cramps trouble you too much!