It’s a name that is a favourite among Desi Dessert addicts, gourmands and anyone with a hard-to-control sweet tooth. It’s also a favourite of chefs, culinary enthusiasts and people who love the nostalgic legacy of Indian cuisine. But this wonder-trophy that most Moms in the 70s’ and 80s’ treated their children with, also happens to be wonder-nutrient. Yes, gud, or jaggery, no matter how you utter this delicious delight’s name, or where you get it from (sugarcane stack or date palm) – is packed with lots of health benefits and surprise packages. 1. Firstly, it can be easily crowned the detox prince of the kitchen. No matter what it is that you want to expel from your body – harmful toxins, free radicals or intestinal burdens – a Jaggery block scrubs everything away and way too easily. It is an extraordinary cleansing agent. It works its flushing might on almost every organ and body constituent possible – be it the liver, the lungs, the stomach, the kidney or the blood stream itself. Whenever you feel like giving your body a good cleansing spa inside and outside, just grab some Jaggery powder, and you are purified in an effective way. 2. Secondly, it is a good source of many important minerals and chemicals that are vital for the body’s functioning. Think of zinc and selenium and you can get all those antioxidants and control over free radicals with just a good Jaggery block at work. Think of the significance of magnesium for blood stream and functions, and Jaggery is again at your disposal. Also, potassium that is useful for body fluid balance and weight loss processes is found in good quantities. 3. It can be counted upon for helping with important respiratory processes and dealing with associated ailments like bronchitis and asthma. Its cleansing agent role comes into play here as well. 4. Jaggery powder is a common aid for any weather – whether it is winters or summers. The reason lies in its innate ability to control body temperature in an ideal way. Mix this powder in cold water, and the summer heat won’t take its toll. Mix it in a hot cup of tea, and you can fight flu symptoms, cold, cough, etc., with much better confidence in the chilly season too. 5. The fifth power underlying in a jaggery block is its help in weight loss goals and regulating metabolism, thanks to its GI index. That is why most desserts in traditional Indian kitchens still prefer to use it in some form or the other. Unlike sugar, which provides the instant rush, it is a complex carbohydrate so breaking it down takes time for the body. In other words, this form of calorie won’t be converted from energy to fat directly. That makes it amenable for the ideal energy source without any untoward effects. 6. As to those suffering from joint problems, arthritis or any other similar discomfort; nothing can be more advisable than a pinch of jaggery powder. After all, jaggery has a way with bones and underlying tissue and strengthens the bone efficiently. 7. It is also a powerful resource to tap into for those struggling with blood pressure problems. 8. Its eighth strength seems simple but is quite handy too – this food can release endorphins for women and helps immensely with mood swings, stress management, etc. when needed. So keep this yummy source of superpowers around you and dig into some sweet pleasure without any guilt of having eaten something forbidden. It’s jaggery – have it in moderation, and you would always be glowing in the hangover of a healthy super-food. The lip-smacking taste, of course, is only a bonus.