Jaggery is an unrefined natural sugar that is made without the use of chemicals. India produces more than 70% of the world's total jaggery demand. It is nutritionally equivalent to honey and is popularly considered as the medicinal sugar. Jaggery has been used as a sweetener in Ayurvedic medicine for 3000 years, and it can be useful in treating throat and lung infections, according to Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Though refined sugar is primarily composed of glucose and fructose, jaggery also contains glucose and sucrose, but it also contains minerals and vitamins that refined sugar lacks.