Jaggery i.e."Gur" in Hindi is also known as 'Bellam' in Telugu, 'Vellam' in Tamil, 'Sharkara' in Malayalam, 'Bella' in Kannada, and 'Gul' in Marathi. It is basically unrefined sugar which is obtained from raw,concentrated sugarcane juice.Although gur can be made from other sources, namely from date palm (nolen gur) and the sap of coconut, the one made from sugarcane juice is the most commonly used. It is prepared by boiling sugar cane juice till it solidifies and then put into blocks.
Jaggery is golden brown colored, spongy textured, salty sweet tasting, and unrefined cane sugar completed from boiling down sugarcane juice. It is considered to be one of the most healthful forms of sugar. It is favored as being strong as it, in addition to including glucose and sucrose", contains fine amounts of minerals such as iron, sodium, selenium, magnesium, potassium and manganese.
Table sugar is probably the super villain in the food industry today, but there are plenty of alternatives to sugar, with both natural and artificial sweeteners. Jaggery is often considered to be a healthy substitute for sugar because of its known health benefits and because it’s a part of Indian tradition, even recommended in Ayurveda.
Although jaggery and table sugar are created from similar sources like sugarcane, the process by which they are created is different, resulting in different nutritional values. While sugar undergoes a chemical crystallization process that results in a complete loss of all nutrients, jaggery still retains valuable essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, among others. This high nutritional value is responsible for the health benefits of jaggery, making it a better choice than sugar.