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Love eating jaggery? Make it a part of your summer diet for these 5 big reasons

Published on:16 April 2021, 11:06am IST
Jaggery is a natural sweetener that’s not just delicious but healthy. Make it a part of your summer diet to reap these five health benefits!
Geetika Sachdev
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Add jaggery to your diet in the summer season to cool down your body, and fill you with energy. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Most of us would have enjoyed jaggery in winter, most commonly at our grandmother’s house. 

There’s no denying that it’s hard to resist makki ki roti and sarson ka saag, with a side of gur. Plus all nanis and dadis ensure they spoil you silly. That’s not all — there’s a reason why jaggery is a winter staple, because it keeps you warm on days when the wintry chill creeps into your bones. 

But did you know gur can also benefit you in the summer season. No, we aren’t kidding! We’ve often heard people discourage us from eating jaggery when it’s too hot, but ladies, making this healthy food a part of your summer diet is going to help you in more ways than one! 

That’s because jaggery is loaded with various vitamins and minerals, and is known to enhance immunity. What’s more, it helps to treat cold and cough, and also regulates the temperature in the body.  

So without further ado, let’s learn about why making jaggery a part of your summer diet is a good idea. 

Benefits of eating jaggery in the summer
1. It helps to tackle constipation

If you’re someone who struggles with constipation and other digestive issues, then it’s time to make jaggery a part of your diet. Why may you ask? That’s because gur activates the digestive enzymes in your body, and stimulates bowel movements. Moreover, it acts as a natural diuretic too. Make sure to eat a small piece after lunch, and you’ll see the magic in no time!

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Jaggery is a superfood that you need in every season. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Fights flu

Immunity has become a buzzword especially during the pandemic, and that means you must include foods that help you amp it up! Jaggery is a great addition to your summer diet, because this is a season that brings with it flu-like symptoms like cold and cough. Just add a little to your morning and evening cup of tea, instead of sugar. You’ll be able to tackle infections in a delicious way!

3. Cools down your body

The summer heat can really get to you, and that’s why it is important to cool your body down. How about trying gur pani that strikes the perfect balance between health and taste? Soak jaggery in drinking water for two hours, until it melts completely. On the side, soak basil seeds in a bowl of water. Strain the jaggery water to filter out all the impurities, add the basil seeds, some lemon juice and a few sprigs of mint. You have the perfect summer drink ready in no time!

4. Relieves menstrual cramps

Since jaggery is rich in essential nutrients, it works well as an effective natural remedy to deal with menstrual problems. In case PMS symptoms trouble you before every cycle, it’s time to use gur to your advantage. Eat a small piece of jaggery every single day to combat symptoms of PMS, since it releases endorphins. It will help you uplift your mood and deal with other symptoms in the best way possible.

benefits of jaggery
If your period cramps are killing you, then eat jaggery RN. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
5. Fills you with energy

Most of us reach out for sugar-laden drinks in the summer to get a dose of energy? But guess what, its effects are only short-lived, and you also pile on the calories. How about using jaggery to increase your energy levels in the summer season, when all you want to do is lounge around? Eat a small piece of jaggery in the morning, it will give you instant energy. The best part is it is a complex carbohydrate that provides energy to the body, and its effects stay for a long time. It also prevents fatigue and weakness in the body.

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.