Jaggery also known as ‘Gur’ in Hindi is unrefined sugar from raw concentrated sugarcane juice. Many people regularly consume it in their diet as a substitute for white sugar. While white sugar contains empty calories only, jaggery provides the same amount of energy but also contains nutrients like chromium, manganese, magnesium, zinc and has antioxidant properties.
When Can You Introduce Jaggery To A Baby?
Jaggery should be introduced only after 1 year in a baby’s diet. It is generally recommended to not introduce sugar for babies before 1 year as it can lead to other adverse effects. However, you can use various fruit purees to sweeten your baby’s food.
#1. Anemia Prevention
Jaggery is a rich source of iron which helps in the formation of hemoglobin. Adding jaggery in your kid’s diet will prevent the risk of iron deficiency anemia, which is the most common form of anemia.
#2. Prevents Constipation
Jaggery promotes regular bowel movements and also helps in activating digestive enzymes, thus preventing constipation in kids.
#3. Helpful in Cold and Cough
Babies suffer from cold and cough often, especially in winters. Mixing some jaggery in warm water and giving it to your baby through his food is a popular home remedy for treating cold and cough.
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#4. Cleanses The Liver
Adding a small piece of jaggery to your kid’s food helps in flushing out harmful toxins from your baby’s body, cleanses the liver and detoxifies it.
#5. Boosts Immunity
Jaggery is a rich source of antioxidants and minerals like zinc which helps to prevent the risk of cell damage due to free radical activity, boosting immunity.
#6. Strengthens Bones
Jaggery contains minerals like calcium and phosphorus which are beneficial for the development of healthy and strong bones.
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100 grams of jaggery(½ cup) may contain :
Sucrose: 65–85 grams
Fructose and glucose: 10–15 grams
Protein: 0.4 grams
Fat: 0.1 grams
Iron: 11 mg
Magnesium: 70-90 mg
Potassium: 1050 mg
Manganese: 0.2–0.5 mg
Ingredients: Sooji, jaggery, cardamom powder, and water.
Ingredients: Jaggery, water, puffed rice balls( murmure)
Ingredients: Wheat flour, jaggery, cardamom powder, almonds, ghee, and salt.
Risks Of Giving Excess Jaggery To Your Kids
Although jaggery has many health benefits it is best to consume jaggery in moderation as it is still 97% sugar. Giving excess jaggery to kids may result in harmful effects such as:
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