Palm Sugar – Add it to your Diet during the Viral Season
By Prithu Nath
Palm Sugar derived from the sap of the Palmyra Palm is the real Palm Sugar. Many people confuse the Palm Sugar derived from the Coconut tree as the one with the Low GI but actually that has a very high GI.
As a comparison the real Palm Sugar has a low GI of only 35-40 whereas the Coconut Palm Sugar has a high GI of 50-54. Besides a Low GI Palm Sugar is known to be beneficial in the and relieve cough, cold, and respiratory infections.
To have or not have sweets, is a common conundrum witnessed in almost all households, at least occasionally. While their allure is known to break the most rigid diet regimes, it is in fact obvious that too much sugar is harmful for health. Only if there was a way to have sweets and avoid all the health risks! Of all the Bengali sweets that I love (that list is quite long), nothing quite compares to the nolin gur sondesh.
Palm jaggery, made from extract of palm tree, is a must keep in your kitchen cabinet if you want to have your heart’s fill of the sweets and avoid all the health risks. The health benefits of karupatti are manifold. It’s high in vitamin B, iron and calcium. A great source of energy and the presence of iron makes it a great antidote for anemia. It also has a much lower glycaemic index (varying estimates between 35-40) compared to white sugar (60-70).
How is it Beneficial for Your Health
Commonly known as Karupatti in many regions of south India, palm jaggery is a perfect substitute for refined sugar. It has all the richness of a natural sweetener and none of the shortcomings of its processed alternatives. Here are the top five health benefits.
- Full of Nutrients
A rich source of iron and several other nutrients like magnesium, potassium, and calcium, palm jaggery is not your usual cup of sucrose. It’s a perfect sweetener devoid of any artificial substances and full of natural nutrients.
- Improves Digestion
It has been observed that regular consumption of Palm Jaggery positively impacts digestive health. By activating digestive enzymes, the sweetener helps with regular bowel movement and cleanses the system.
- Helps Treat Cold and Cough
Among many other ailments that palm jaggery helps relieve, cold and cough is the most common one. Added to a warm cup of tea or water, it helps clear the respiratory tract and relieve several symptoms.
- Acts as an Energy Booster
Full of composite carbohydrates (as opposed to that in white sugar), palm jaggery is easier to digest. After eating palm jaggery, you can stay energetic for hours.
- Helps Reduce Weight
Potassium is the nutrient responsible for the weight loss properties of palm jaggery. It helps reduce bloating and water retention, which in turn helps regulate weight.
So, are you ready to try out this amazing natural sweetener? Give us a shout out and share your experience with us if you love this amazing natural sweetener.
Palm jaggery is not only packed with nutrients like iron, folate, potassium and calcium, it also has the lowest glycemic index and is a proven remedy against cough and cold.
It is much healthier option than sugarcane jaggery, but to reap the benefits make sure you consume it in moderation.