What is Sugarcane Juice?
Sugarcane is used to produce table sugar. You will be proud to know that India is the second largest producer of sugarcane, after Brazil.
Sugarcane juice is the syrup derived from pressed sugarcane plant. White table sugar and processed sugar are made from sugarcane. The juice is consumed as a beverage in India. Every plant has a botanical name which helps scientists to find their source of origin. The botanical name of sugarcane is Saccharum officinarum, where Saccharum means the sweet taste due to its high sucrose content (11-14%).
How is it consumed in India?
Sugarcane juice is our best friend when the temperature is too high. It is a type of reward for accepting the summers; a season which most of the people do not like in India. The juice is freshly pressed from the cane using iron rollers. It may be served as a cooling drink with ice, flavoured with a squeeze of lemon and mint either as plain or flavoured with rock salt. It is ideal to beat the heat and thus cool down the body temperature.
Health Benefits of Sugarcane Juice
1. Toxin removal
Sugarcanes have antioxidant agents, which fight the build-up of toxins in the body. According to a study published in 2005, sugarcane juice helps to protect the liver from damage and soothes the damaged liver. A glass of the juice every day can minimise the damage that an alcohol drinking can have on your liver. When it comes to the digestion process, the potassium (an intracellular fluid) in sugarcane acts as an agent to speed up the process and protects the stomach from infections.
2. Boosts Energy
Sugarcane juice does not contain any processed sugar or hidden calories. It contains natural glucose which provides instant energy to the body and is an excellent re-hydrator in the scorching sun during summers.
3. Ayurveda Benefits
Ayurveda also suggests that sugarcane juice manifests laxative properties which improve the gut health by increasing bowel movement and helping to reduce constipation. Since sugarcane juice has an alkaline pH, it is used for treating acidity and stomach burns.
4. Other Health Benefits
The nutritive value of sugarcane juice consists of significant levels of minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron. Furthermore, this juice is high in dietary fiber. It provides antioxidants like flavonoids and polyphenol compounds, which can further aid your overall health and reduce oxidative stress.
PER SERVING (225 ML):
27.5 g CARBS
0.3 g PROTEIN
11.3 mg CALCIUM
0.4 mg IRON
42 mg POTASSIUM
17 mg SODIUM