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Can Diabetes Patients Eat Palm Jaggery? Here's The Answer!


  1. Palm Jaggery is an unrefined sweetener and is often used instead of sugar.
  2. Sugar is often substituted with palm jaggery in desserts as it is healthier.
  3. Palm Jaggery beats oxidative stress and control blood pressure too.
Palm Jaggery or hathelee gur is the traditional sweetener that is widely used in many Asian and African countries. Palm Jaggery is considered a healthier alternative to refined sugar and dietitians often recommend adding jaggery to desserts instead of sugar. This is because the sweetener is unrefined and hence, it retains larger number of nutrients than the refined sugar. However, a lot of diabetics are often confused about the whether or not they can use it instead of sugar, which is beyond the scope of their diet. So what is the truth? Is palm jaggery really safe for diabetics or should it be shunned by diabetes patients altogether, along with sugar?To answer this question, we must look at the way palm jaggery is produced. Palm Jaggery is made from date palm. Traditionally, to make palm jaggery, date palm sap is boiled in large and shallow vessels. The residue left after the process is complete, is less refined than the crystallized sugar that you eat. Therefore, it has more nutrients than the refined product.

Palm Jaggery has a number of health benefits, including regulation of blood pressure due to the presence of iron. It also beats oxidative stress and aides digestion. This is why our elders believe in having a piece of palm jaggery after meals. However, for diabetics, an ideal diet consists of foods that have low glycemic index. This is essential to condition diabetics to stay away from sugary foods.
So in conclusion, if you're perfectly healthy and have no blood sugar problems, then you may use palm jaggery as an alternative to white sugar.

Few pics of Palm Jaggery:

Palm Jaggery Pepper Flavor

Palm Jaggery Cardamom Flavor

Palm Jaggery - Dry Ginger (Sukku or Sunti)
Palm Jaggery Plain

Palm Jaggery Ginger Flavor


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