Jaggery : Bellam, Bella, Gud, Gudam : Nutrition facts : Sugarcane Juice (One of the Panchamrutas))

Ganesha loves sugarcane and jaggery. His example would be a great one to follow. Eating sugar cane is the best, sugarcane juice is the next best, then jaggery, then sugar…


“The manufacture of sugar from sugarcane juice is a process that involves a Cocktail of Chemicals. Sulphur dioxide, lime, phosphoric acid, formic acid, bleaching agents and viscosity reducers are just some of these. Moreover, the processing of sugar is carried on in mild steel equipment, which leads to a high dosage of Nickel in the mother liquor.

Ancient Medical scriptures dating back to 2500 years state how Jaggery (Panela) Purifies the blood, prevents rheumatic afflictions and disorders of bile and possesses nutritive properties of high order.
(Sushruta Sanhita, Chapter 45, Sloka 146)

The Preventive action of Jaggery (Panela) on smoke-induced lung lesions suggest the potential of Jaggery (Panela) as protective agent for workers in dusty and smoky environments. ” – paper presented by scientists of Industrial Toxicology Research Centre at a Workshop held in Lyon, France.
Environ Health Perspect, 102(Suppl 6): 211-214 (1994) (..Details)

In an experiment, Jaggery (Panela)-treated rats showed enhanced translocation of coal particles from lungs to tracheobronchial lymph nodes. (..Details)

It is no wonder that Jaggery (Panela) is regularly consumed by thousands of industrial workers / traffic policemen who are exposed to higher levels of pollution. It helps them breathe easier and counter pollution naturally.”

Nutrition Facts :
Calories 19 Cal/tbsp
Vitamin B Complex >1g/kg
Folic acid >1mg/kg
Iron >1mg/g
Calcium >5mg/100g
Importance of Folic acid:

Folic acid is active in the most basic life process that we know, the synthesis of the building blocks of life, DNA. People found to have various types of precancerous cells have also been found folic acid deficient. Other symptoms of too little folic acid are slowed metabolism, constipation, and tiredness at inappropriate times of the day.Source 2 says that Jaggery has no nutritional value!

Source 3 says that for diabetics, there is not much difference between jaggery, hiney and sugar.

Source 4 “Sugarcane juice can cure sore throat, and is great preventive for cold and flu. It has low glycemic index which keeps your body healthy. Its juice can be enjoyed by people who are suffering from diabetes as sugarcane juice does not contain any simple sugar. Due to alkaline nature of sugarcane it also helps to fight breast and prostate cancer.

Sugarcane is a very good replacement for aerated drinks like cola and pepsi.It gives strength to your body and keeps your body cool .It keeps your body hydrated during summers and prevents body from getting a heat stroke. As it is rich in carbohydrates it gives energy to the body, it can be used as an energy drink .Sugarcane also provides strength to heart, kidneys, eyes and brain. It helps in curing jaundice as it gives strength to liver which becomes weak during jaundice. It helps in keeping the urinary flow clear and also helps kidneys to perform their functions properly.”

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