English: Jaggery (molasses)
Common Indian Name (Hindi): Gur / Gud
- It contains the natural goodness of minerals and vitamins inherently present in sugarcane juice & this crowns it as one of the most wholesome and healthy sugars in the world. In Mexico & South America, it is also known as panela.
- In traditional Indian medicine, called Ayurveda, this sugar has several purposes. It may be prescribed for use for people with sore throats. It has some use in the treatment of bronchial or lung infections, and in fact in research has shown to possibly offset some of the lung damage caused by silicosis, a disease of the lungs that occurs when people are exposed for a long time to silica powder.
- In taste this unrefined sugar has been compared to brown sugar, and to other forms of raw sugar.
- It is high in simple carbohydrates. It is rich in magnesium, iron, & potassium.