Benefits of Jaggery
Jaggery helps prevent and relieve constipation by stimulating bowel movements. It activates the digestive enzymes in our body and thus helps in proper digestion of your food
Jaggery for Cattle Feed: Jaggery of low-quality is often mixed with cattle-feed to add taste and make the cattle eat more. It also sweetens the milk of the cattle.
Jaggery Used as Hunting Bait: There are instances where jaggery has been used as bait for hunting wild animals. It is dumped in the open so wild animals will be attracted by its smell to taste it and fall prey to the hunters. Since jaggery contains salt, besides being sweet and having a strong aroma, animals like to lick it.
Religious usage: Among Hindus, it is customary to take a bite of jaggery after attending a funeral, along with Margo leaves, crushed black pepper and to touch fire and iron, as it is said to purify. In some places, in certain religious ceremonies and rituals, small idols of jaggery, rice paste and turmeric are prepared and offered to local gods and goddesses.
Jaggery as Fish Bait: Jaggery is also used as fish bait. Jaggery, mixed with a number of ingredients including ant eggs, ghee, edible oils, cardamom powder, nutmeg powder, mace, poppy seeds and a variety of other things, forms an excellent bait mixture. Fishes cannot resist its smell and are pulled to the gaming spot where the hooks are waiting!