Palm Sugar or Tal mishri is a natural sweetener. It is absolutely free from chemical fertilizers or pesticides and bleaches. In fact, mishri made from the sap of the Palmyra palm or the date palm, is known as palm sugar or ‘Tal Mishri’. The sap is extracted from the inflorescence of the palm tree which is the thick stem on which a cluster of flowers grows.
There is a particular procedure of making sugar of palm (Tal mishri). Manufacturer has to collect sap of the inflorescences of the palm tree by tapping at first. Then, he boil the sap until it thickens. Now, the syrup is allowed to crystallize into various shapes and sizes;natural sugar is ready to use.
Palmyra Palm Sugar is very rich in essential vitamins, minerals like Calcium, Iron, and amino acids. An important vitamin- Vitamin B12, which is mostly found in non-vegetarian diet, is found in this rare plant of Palmyra palm. In earlier days, people used it as a supplement to build immunity.
Tal mishri has lots of medicinal properties. It is good to treat many health problems; high blood pressure, cold cough, breathing problem, anaemia, asthma and kidney ailment are some of them. While on the one hand it strengthens the tooth, bone and heart, on the other hand helps to treat arthritis, diabetes and other diseases too.
Tal mishri is good for infants and growing children too because of its minerals; it is the richest source of minerals like Calcium, Iron, Phosphorous and Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and C. These nutrients are essential for growing children.
Health Benefits of Palm Sugar (Tal Mishri):
Palmyra Palm Sugar is alkaline and not acidic. Alkaline foods are healthier than acidic food. Unlike white sugar this does not make the children hyperactive nor does it lead to hypoglycemia.
1. Good for Musculoskeletol Health:
Palm Sugar contains more minerals and vitamins than ordinary sugar. Manufacturer does not use any enzymes in its manufacturing. It contains potassium, nitrogen, phosphorous, iron, zinc and Vitamins. Potassium is an essential mineral to maintain the health of muscles and bones. One tsp of tal mishri provides 1 percent of daily requirement of potassium. One can use in drinks and cereals to boost up the brain function and the energy level.
Tal mishri is rich in vitamins B which is essential for formation of healthy cells. It contains 16 amino acids which play a vital role for the growth and repairing of cells.
2. Controls Blood Sugar Level:
Tal mishri has low glycemic index.
Glycemic index is a method of measuring how carbohydrates impact blood glucose levels. Food with GI less than 55 is categorized as Low GI and GI of palm sugar is only 35. High glycemic index may increase blood sugar level and may cause the pancreas to release large amount of insulin. Therefore, replacing white sugar with palm sugar is definitely good for preventing onset of diabetes. Especially those people who have family history of diabetes, can postpone its onset.
3. Better Option of Reducing Weight:
Because of low glycemic index, tal Mishri slowly releases energy and gives body a sustained and even supply of energy. Therefore, replacing white sugar by tal mishri may be helpful to reduce or maintain body weight as it increases metabolism unlike other weight loss diets. But as it is a low GI sweetener, (not sugar free) one should take it in moderation; excess intake may increase your weight.
4. Good for Arthritis:
Being a natural sugar, palm sugar is alkaline and not acidic. Alkaline foods are healthier for arthritis patients. Therefore, patients of arthritis and rheumatic (nerve) pain may replace white sugar with palm sugar to strengthen bones.
5. Good for Anaemia:
Being rich source of Iron and Calcium, palm sugar or tal mishri may be helpful to maintain haemoglobin level in the body. Replace white sugar with palm sugar to prevent anaemia.
6. Good Source of Vitamin B12:
Palmyra palm sugar is perhaps the only vegetarian source of vitamin B12. Pure vegetarians normally have deficiency of Vitamin B12. Research says that by consuming 500 gram (approx.) of Tal mishri every month, one can fulfil daily requirement of vitamin B12. 100 gm palm sugar contains 20 mcg of Vitamin B12.
In fact, palm sugar or Tal mishri is a natural sweetener but not a miracle food. It is more expensive and not suitable for diabetics; therefore one should take extra care to avoid its excessive consumption. In short, you can use it in place of white sugar, not in addition to.
One teaspoon palm sugar contains approximately 16 calories, so consume it in limited quantity.