There are controversial discussions about sugar in the media. Luxury food for the rich, once produced by slaves in the Caribbean, white granulated sugar has become a mass commodity, which is now found in over 60% of all industrially produced food. What does Ayurveda say about it? Is there an alternative to sugar? In this article I explain everything about the Indian favorite sugar «Jaggery» or Goor.
Why is pure granulated sugar so unhealthy?
Industrial sugar or granulated sugar consists of at least 98% pure sucrose, which is obtained from sugar cane or sugar beet. In contrast to jaggery or sharkara - the Ayurvedic sugar - it does not contain any vitamins or minerals.
A whole series of mechanical and chemical processes are required to produce this pure granulated sugar. This also includes bleaching the sugar with the help of sulfuric acid. The bleaching results in a denatured product with a pH value of 5.5-6. A value of 7 would be ideal and is considered neutral. (See graphic) At values below the pH value of 7, a liquid is therefore acidic. At values above 7 this is alkaline and therefore basic.
Sugar is essential for us humans especially for our brain, which incidentally burns around 400 calories per day in the form of glucose. Those who eat fruits and grains not only get sugar, but also Vitamins and minerals necessary for the body is to process sugar. Industrial products with sugar, such as all kinds of sweets, do not contain any vitamins or minerals. The high consumption of granulated sugar and white flour however, can lead to deficiency symptoms of the vitamin B complex. In addition, the digestion of white granulated sugar produces acids.
How does our body react to white granulated sugar?
1. Sugar is addicting
Scientific studies show that consuming granulated sugar has similar effects on the brain like using cocaine. The addictive potential of sugar has thus been underestimated, which would explain why it is easier for many people to completely avoid sugar instead of just consuming it in moderation. We made this experience ourselves!
2. Cancer cells love sugar
Consuming granulated sugar causes the human body to produce more insulin, which is not only essential for blood sugar levels, but is also a growth hormone. Cancer cells, on the other hand, need loads of fuel to grow. With a high sugar consumption, the cancer cells grow much faster because they find the ideal environment. The expert in the field of natural cancer therapy "Kris Carr"Describes this process very well on her blog and also explains what you can do about it.
3. Weight gain and diabetes
The body's hunger or satiety system gets mixed up with high sugar consumption. Due to the constant intake of sugary foods and drinks, the body has to produce a lot of insulin. This can lead to insulin resistance in the long term. In addition, we constantly feel hungry. In addition, too much sugar consumption leads to the release of more cortisol, the so-called "stress hormone", which has a negative effect on their weight for most people. In addition, excessive sugar consumption leads to the so-called "metabolic syndrome", which is associated with weight gain, increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels and can develop into diabetes.
4. Sugar has a negative impact on intestinal health
There are ten times more bacteria in our intestines than there are cells in our body. The balance of these bacteria is not only important for our digestion, but also for our health, as over 70% of our immune system is located in the intestines. An excessive consumption of sugar upsets the delicate balance of the intestinal flora and causes a weakening of the immune functions of the body, an acceleration of the aging process as well as a deterioration of the complexion and our basic mood. Dr. Elizabeth Lipski describes these relationships as well as possible solutions in her books in great detail.
5. Sugar affects the brain
More and more information, studies and articles are published that suggest a connection between high sugar consumption and degeneration of the brain, from mild memory problems to diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia. Books such as "Brain Maker" by Dr. Perlmutter, which has now also appeared in German under the striking title "Scheißschlau: How a healthy intestinal flora keeps our brains", is dedicated to this topic in detail.
Ayurveda Jaggery and Sharkara®
Jaggery contains fewer calories than granulated sugar
Jaggery isn't always called Jaggery. Jaggery is also for example Vellam, Bellam, Sarkara, Gula Melaka, Panela, Rapadou or Goor called. That is why the white Ayurvedic sugar is called Sharkara®.
Derived from the name Sarkara in Malaysia. Sharakara is qualitatively no better off than jaggery. However, Sharkara is white (bleached in the sun) and Jaggery is naturally brown.
Jaggery is poured into buckets after heating to 200 degrees and allowed to cool.
Jaggery, however, is always boiled, pure sugar cane juice. It is liquefied at 200 degrees Celsius. This creates a tough mass that is poured into containers and dried in this way. In India jaggery is poured into buckets. This creates the bucket shape.
Jaggery tastes caramel to fruity. The im Ayurveda paradise available Jaggery smells wonderfully fruity and comes from natural cultivation without additives. Unlike the jaggery, which can be bought from the Indian next door!
If you are dissatisfied with the jaggery from Ayurveda Paradise, we will refund you 100% of the purchase price without any complications.
In India, jaggery is not only used as a “par excellence” sweetener, but also for baking sweet and savory dishes such as cakes, pancakes, etc. Jaggery is also used to make spirits.
Also the Jaggery whole cane sugar has about 355 calories enough calories per 100 grams. Still not as much as granulated sugar with around 400 calories per 100 grams.Jaggery is celebrated as the energy supplier in India and Sri Lanka.
Is Jaggery Healthy?
The above-mentioned mass that is created during the production of jaggery contains not only sucrose like granulated sugar, but also organic acid, vitamins, minerals and betaine, which lower the homocysteine levels in the blood and thus, for example, before Protects atherosclerosis. Jaggery and Sharkara® both have nutrients, among others. Iron, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium. This is because the Jaggery sugar not refined and thus processed chemically or technically. Jaggery luck is predicted in many parts of India.
Where can I buy jaggery?
Jaggery and Sharkara can be bought on the Internet or in specialist organic shops and drug stores. There is also jaggery at the Indian next door, unfortunately not from natural, but conventional cultivation and mostly of poor quality. In Switzerland and Germany, good jaggery costs around 8-12 CHF per kilogram.
Sugar: your doshas and quality of lightAccording to Ayurvedic teaching, it is not only important which Dosha is dominant in the food, but also how much light it contains. In order to stay healthy, the quality of the light is also assessed in addition to the origin and quality. Vegetables and fruits that ripen in the sun for a long time have significantly higher light emissions than those that have ripened in the sun for less. Sharkara® is dried in the sun and is considered to be full of light. Kapha people should be more reserved with sugar than Pitta and Vata. Jaggery and Sharkara have different effects on the doshas. For example, children with ADD tolerate Sharkara and Jaggery well. Even people with sensitive stomachs can tolerate jaggery and sharkara well, as they contain minerals and vitamins. In contrast to molasses from sugar beet, which is a by-product of sugar production and contains few minerals and no light quality.
|product||Light quality||Influence on doshas||Use in Ayurveda|
|White granulated sugar||0||K (slime), P (acids), V (energy unstable)||- is avoided - confuses all 3 doshas - disrupts the sugar balance|
|Cane sugar (dark, for example mascobado)||++||P +, K +||- easy to absorb|
|Cane molasses (black)||++++||P +, K +||- for potassium and iron deficiency - good for Vata complaints|
|Maple syrup||+++||stimulates all 3 doshas||- when tired from exhaustion - to strengthen|
|Pear syrup||++||P +, V +||- good for Kapha complaints|
|Date syrup||+++||K + (a lot of Kapha)||- nourishing, at V and P|
|Tala Jaggery Jaggery||+++||K +||- strengthens in the case of disorders of the autonomic nervous system - calms and reduces excessive activity of Vata and Pitta if you are overweight|
|Sharkara (Ayurvedic cane sugar)||++++||balancing, good for all doshas||- Sweetening of dishes and teas - Production of healing pastes|
Links and sources
1.) Improved translocation of particles from the lungs by jaggery
2.) Therapeutic efficacy of Rosa damascena Mill. On acetaminophen-induced oxidative stress in albino rats
3.) Naringenin alleviates cadmium-induced toxicity by relieving oxidative stress in Swiss albino mice
4.) Further information on Sugar from the perspective of Ayurveda by Kerstin Rosenberg, Ayurveda Academy.