Palm sugar and its benefits
Palm sugar, or coconut sugar as it is commonly known, is a very popular alternative to the commonly available white sugar in the market. Its main advantage is the fact that it is relatively richer in nutrients compared to the white, processed and commercially widely available sugar. It is known to contain a lot of nutrients that can help the body, and the immune system, and being nutrient rich. It is a bit on the costly side, but it is totally worth the price in terms of value and benefits that you can get by substituting your white sugar with palm sugar.
- It is a storehouse of minerals
Palm sugar, or jiggery, as it is more commonly known, is a storehouse of minerals that are essential for the normal and healthy functioning of the human body. It is also rich in nutrients like Vitamin C, protein and so on. It is known to contain as much as 60 times more nutrients than commercially available sugar that is commonly bought from the market. It also contains iron, which is an important ingredient in hemoglobin, an important part of our blood. It also constitutes of magnesium in good amounts, which can help regulate the human nervous system. Other minerals and nutrients that are commonly available in palm sugar are calcium, phosphorus, potassium and antioxidants, which are a great help to the immune system and help the body’s cells by attacking and destroying free radicals.
- It helps with various regulatory and maintenance procedures in the body
Surprisingly, palm sugar helps a lot with basic regulatory processes in our body. It helps the digestive system in digesting the food if the digestive system is facing any issues. It is even consumed after heavy meals and dinners in many parts of the country, by working amazingly well as a digestive agent. It also helps in clearing out the intestinal tracts, and generates enzymes helpful and conducive to the process of digestion of the ingested food. It also doesn’t generate a crash of energy after consumption like white sugar does, and gives off a steady supply of energy for the body to run on. It consists of composite carbohydrates, and can be digested quicker and better than regular white sugar. You can stay energetic and fresh throughout the day if you consume jiggery in the day. It also acts as an active cleanser, and can help the body’s fluids in cleaning the many tracts in our body, including the digestive tract, the intestinal tracts, and the bowel tracts. It is also rich in fibers that are a necessary constituent of the diet of a healthy human being. These fibers in turn stimulate bowel movements, and relieve constipation and indigestion.
- It helps with various illnesses and weight loss
In the older days, various forms of palm sugar were used to treat ailments like dry cough, cold, sniffles and so on. Its known property of helping the body in clearing various tracts in the body, also extends to the respiratory tract, as it helps in clearing the respiratory tract out if mucus builds up, treating cold and mucus build up issues. It even works as a viable treatment for milder forms of respiratory illnesses that are commonly seen, like asthma. It also helps in healing migraines, due to the painkilling properties of palm sugar in the healing process. Higher amounts of potassium found in palm sugar also helps in various ailments and diseases. More importantly, it also helps with weight loss. It helps in reducing the retention of water, and bloaty feelings, which in turn with weight loss.
Replacing sugar with palm sugar can be tough, but worth it. It is a healthier alternative to commercial sugar, and can have a great place in your diet.