How is It Made?
Extraction: The canes or palms are pressed to extract the sweet juice or sap
Clarification: The juice is allowed to stand in large containers so that any sediment settles to the bottom. It is then strained to produce a clear liquid
Concentration: The juice is placed in a very large, flat-bottomed pan and boiled
Gaggery Powder – Benefits
Improved Digestive Health
Some people claim it helps with digestion and can stimulate bowel movements, making it a good choice for preventing constipation.
Jaggery is a source of sucrose, but it contains almost no fiber or water — two dietary factors known to help with regular bowel movements.
No available research confirms this claim. Given the nutrition profile, it seems unlikely that jaggery would help with digestion or prevent constipation.
Some studies suggest the iron in non-centrifugal sugars is more easily used by the body than iron from other plant sources.
Jaggery contains around 11 mg of iron per 100 grams or about 61% of the RDI.
This sounds impressive, but it’s unlikely that you would eat 100 grams of jaggery in one sitting. A tablespoon or teaspoon represents a more realistic portion.
A tablespoon (20 grams) contains 2.2 mg of iron or about 12% of the RDI. A teaspoon (7 grams) contains 0.77 mg of iron or about 4% of the RDI.
For people with low iron intake, jaggery could contribute a small amount of iron — especially when replacing white sugar.
However, you will get much greater amounts of iron from this list of 11 iron-rich foods.
What’s more, added sugar is bad for your health. Therefore, it’s unreasonable to suggest that you should add jaggery to your diet because it contains iron.
Many foods are claimed to help your liver get rid of toxins. However, your body is capable of removing these toxins on its own.
No current evidence supports the claim that any food or drink can make this “detox” process easier or more efficient.
Improved Immune Function
In India, jaggery is often added to tonics used to treat a variety of ailments.
People believe that the minerals and antioxidants in jaggery can support the immune system and help people recover from illnesses like the common cold and the flu.
Some evidence suggests that oral zinc and vitamin C supplements may reduce the length and severity of a cold, but neither is found in high amounts in jaggery.
Overall, the evidence supporting this claim is lacking. However, jaggery’s high-calorie content may help boost energy levels for those struggling to eat when sick.
100 grams (half a cup) of jaggery may contain
- Calories: 383.
- Sucrose: 65–85 grams.
- Fructose and glucose: 10–15 grams.
- Protein: 0.4 grams.
- Fat: 0.1 grams.
- Iron: 11 mg, or 61% of the RDI.
- Magnesium: 70-90 mg, or about 20% of the RDI.
- Potassium: 1050 mg, or 30% of the RDI.
- Manganese: 0.2–0.5 mg, or 10–20% of the RDI.