Jaggery Vs Sugar : No problem if diabetic patients eat jaggery..

A research study conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto found that consuming raw honey has cardio-metabolic benefits for the body, meaning it improves heart health and reduces problems like diabetes. Researchers who tested 1,105 participants in this study found that rare sugars in honey, such as isomaltulose, kojibiose, trehalose, and meligitose, improved glucose response.

Demand for natural sugar

Natural sweeteners are more in demand than processed sugar today. According to the Harvard report to the question of whether natural sugar metabolism has any effect on health, natural and processed sugar participate in the body’s metabolism in the same way. But, most people have no problem consuming natural sugars in foods like fruit. Because all sugar is naturally packed with fiber and other nutrients. On the other hand, eating sugary foods is not good for our body.

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What are the doctors saying..

Jaggery is chemically more complex than sugar. Dr. Ashok Kumar Jhingan explains that it consists of long chains of sucrose. He is the Senior Director at BLK Max Center for Diabetes, Thyroid, Obesity and Endocrinology, BLK Max Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi.

Dr. Jhingan says using jaggery in place of refined white sugar adds a minimal amount of extra nutrients to a person’s diet. However, a person should not consume too much jaggery in their diet to increase their nutrient intake. It is better to get vitamins and minerals from low calorie sources.

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Benefits of eating jaggery

Based on natural sugar like jaggery, Dr. Xingan jaggery or gur is a traditional sweetener widely used in many Asian and African countries because it is unrefined. So contains more number of nutrients. Jaggery relieves oxidative stress. It also regulates blood pressure.

So, it is better to replace refined sugar with a sweetener that is rich in vitamins and minerals. However, using too much jaggery in your food is not good.

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What should sugar patients eat..

The glycemic index or GI is a rating system for foods that contain carbohydrates. The glycemic index shows how foods can mess with your blood sugar levels. The easiest way to understand GI is that foods with a low GI release glucose slowly and steadily. Those with a higher glycemic index release glucose faster. Diabetics are always advised to consume low GI foods.

Jaggery GI is almost identical to refined sugar. The GI of honey is slightly lower than that. But different honeys have different GIs.

Both sugar and jaggery are from sugarcane.

Dr. Ramesh Goyal, Head of Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Apollo Hospitals, Ahmedabad, said that jaggery is not a good substitute for sugar for diabetic patients. Because the glycemic index in jaggery is an indicator of how a food affects your glucose levels. Diabetic patients who eat jaggery have blood sugar level. It’s about what we expect from their sugar intake. Dr. Jhingan says that the assumption that jaggery is a good substitute for sugar is incorrect, as both of them come from sugarcane. Therefore it is said that it is not an alternative.

Before eating jaggery..

Eating jaggery instead of sugar is not good for diabetic patients.

However, consuming jaggery increases iron and magnesium levels. Good for your hemoglobin. Doctor says it is only for non-diabetics.

Note: We have provided these details according to health experts and studies. This article is for your information only. For any minor health related problem the best way is to consult the doctors. Can observe.

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