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Wondering why many people like to eat jaggery (gur in Hindi), especially after lunch, during the winter season? Well, that’s because this delicious food comes with loads of health benefits. Actually, jaggery is an absolute healthy choice that parents can give children as a sweet treat instead of those calorie-laden ice creams and other desserts after a meal to settle their stomach. Made from sugarcane, jaggery is rich in many vitamins and minerals, mainly iron and hence, it helps prevent iron deficiency and improves the haemoglobin levels in the blood. Jaggery is definitely a better substitute for refined white sugar.

In India, jaggery is used as an ingredient in sweet and savoury dishes. Besides, there are many food items made using jaggery instead of sugar to promote health. The health benefits of jaggery are immense and eating a small piece of ‘gur’ after a meal everyday post meals can do wonders for your health. One of the most well-known benefits of jaggery is its capability to protect the lungs from harmful toxic pollutants. Here are five reasons you must include jaggery in your daily diet during the winter months:

#Boosts immunity

Since jaggery contains various minerals like zinc and selenium, antioxidants, and other nutrients not found in ordinary sugar, it boosts the immune system and prevents many types of infections, ailments and diseases. Jaggery can also naturally treat a cough and cold effectively

#Improves digestion

Jaggery has the potential to activate the digestive enzymes in our body, and thus helps in proper digestion of food and prevents many digestive problems such as indigestion, constipation, flatulence, intestinal worms, etc. And that’s why many people prefer eating jaggery after a heavy meal to maintain healthy bowel movements. Jaggery can also help you to shed pounds effectively by boosting your metabolism, which has a direct impact on weight loss.

#Supports lung health

The anti-allergic properties in jaggery can keep allergens from the lungs that would irritate the throat and result in serious coughing and sneezing episodes. Thus, jaggery can help protect or cure asthma and other respiratory tract infections.

#Relieves joint and muscle pain

Jaggery reduces joint pain and muscle stiffness. Thus, eating a piece of jaggery every day can give you the much-needed relief if you suffer from arthritis, a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in the joints and the tissues.

#Keeps you warm

As jaggery helps in generating heat in the body, eating a small piece of it every day after a meal can keep you warm.

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