Sugar vs. Jaggery: which is better?

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Since a long, people
are consuming a variety of sweeteners to satisfy their taste buds. Sugar is one of them. It is the processed product of sugar cane that is made by gone through
several operations. It is off white coloured crystalline granules. Sugar cane
went through various operations viz., juice formation, treatment with
concentrated sulphuric acid, bone treatment etc. These operations add unwanted
chemicals in sugar that may cause serious health implications. One such
chemical element is sulphur which adds in sugar during the dehydration
operation with concentrated sulphuric acid. To understand the nutritional importance
of sugar, we have a look into table 1.

Table 1 Nutritional information of table sugar

S.No.

Component

Amount/10 g

1

Total carbohydrate

9.98 g

2

Total protein

0%

3

Total fat

0%

4

Total moisture

0.02% to 0.05%

5

Vitamins

0%

6

Minerals

0%

7

Sulphur residue

20-70 ppm

 

Jaggery is the most
common choice of sweetener in older ages. It is the minimally processed product
of sugarcane. Unlike sugar, Jaggery goes through less operation. Also, the cost
of machinery needed is comparatively low. As per the Ayurveda, Jaggery is
highly beneficial for human health in comparison to table sugar. Jaggery
contains a significant amount of iron that somehow helps to boost the innate
immunity of the human body. To get the actual importance of Jaggery, we have to
understand the nutritional information of Jaggery.

Table 2 Nutritional information of Jaggery

S.No.

Component

Amount/100 g

1

Total carbohydrate

70%

2

Total protein

280 mg

3

Total fat

0 g

4

Total moisture

<20%

5

Vitamins (nearly all vitamins
present)

32-36 mg

6

Minerals (P, Fe, Ca, Na, K, Mg,
Mn, Cu, Cl )

<5%

 

From the above nutritional
table, it can be seen clearly that the Jaggery is healthier than sugar.

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