Panela, also known as rapadura is actually unrefined whole cane sugar, originally grown in Central and Latin America, in particular Colombia. It is obtained by the boiling and evaporation of cane sugar juice, it is then put into a mold and hardens into bricks. You can buy panela in different forms: granulated, liquid and solid. It has a more fuller-bodied taste than brown sugar. Curious? Then read on for these Top 5 Health Benefits of Panela!
1. Affect on Blood Pressure
The vitamin A and C present in panela sugar may help prevent cardiovascular disease and blood clots by increasing blood flow.
2. Immune System Booster
Panela sugar has a good vitamin profile compared to refined sugars, and appears to help boost your immune system to a greater extent than the processed variety.
3. Potential Anemia Solution
By increasing blood levels in your body it can help to treat anemia. It also seems to be beneficial in treating osteomalacia (softening of the bones due to deficiency in calcium or vitamin D) and rickets (a disorder caused by a lack of calcium, phosphate or vitamin D). It is also rich in iron, one teaspoon of panela contains approximately 11% of your RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) of iron, which is significant in comparison to refined sugar.
4. Helps Prevent Bone Loss
Panela can help to prevent osteoporosis thanks to its calcium and phosphorus mineral content that helps strengthen bones. It may also help keep your teeth healthy.
5. Respiratory System Benefits
The vitamin C contained here seems to be beneficial in reducing respiratory inflammatory diseases such as bronchitis and asthma etc.
Although consuming panela has its benefits and is more nutrient-dense than white sugar, you must remember that it is still a type of sugar so do not overdo it – especially if you suffer from diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. Use panela? Tell us about the advantages you’ve experienced below, join in the conversation on Facebook and follow us on Twitter & Instagram. Want to hit that ‘sweet spot’ without the empty calories or guilt that comes with it? Don’t worry, we speak your language, check out these articles, Top 5 Health Benefits of Dates, 5 Great Sugar Alternatives and Top 5 Vegan Sweet Treats, that show that moreish treats can be healthy too! (So you see, there’s no reason not to KEEP YOUR Fit ON!)