Sugarcane : Health Benefits Of Eating Sugarcane And Drinking It’s Juice

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking freshly extracted raw fruit or vegetable juices, you know the health value of doing so. Freshly extracted juices contain live enzymes and nutrients that are easily absorbed by the body for quick nourishment.  But did you know that raw sugarcane juice is just as healthful as any other freshly pressed juice, and is in fact something of a Super Hero among plant foods?
As a member of the grass family, its juice has a high potency equivalent to wheatgrass juice, only with less chlorophyll and more sugar content.  However, counter to what you might think, sugarcane juice contains only about fifteen percent total sugar content, all of which is in a raw unrefined form.  The rest of the juice consists of water brimming with an abundance of vitamins and minerals. Sugarcane is rich in calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc.  It also contains iron and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6, plus a high concentration of phytonutrients (including chlorophyll), antioxidants, proteins, soluble fiber and numerous other health supportive compounds.  Working synergistically, these nutrients provide a supremely health-promoting food which has been studied for its role in fighting cancer, stabilizing blood sugar levels in diabetics, assisting in weight loss, reducing fevers, clearing the kidneys, preventing tooth decay, and a host of other health benefits.
When I was younger growing up on the island of Jamaica, I always love chewing on bits cut of sugar cane( after removing the skin and chopping it up into tiny pieces ) for its sweet juice before spitting its pulp out. It was like the healthy version of chewing gum. At that age, I didn’t know that it was healthier than sweets or chewing gum. I only knew it was sweet and fun to chew on.
Raw sugarcane is a favorite treat for children in tropical countries. Fresh sugarcane and refreshing sugarcane juice are sold at roadside stands in many countries as a healthy alternative to sweets. Although some refined sugar is made from sugarcane, raw natural sugarcane and products made from sugarcane have more nutritional health benefits than white sugar.
 Health & Nutrition Benefits of Eating  Sugarcane  and drinking it’s juice:
  • Sugarcane, being low on glycemic index, helps keep the body fit and healthy.
  • Sugarcane juice has been found to be very beneficial for preventing as well as treating sore throat, cold and flu.
  • Since sugarcane has no simple sugar, it can be enjoyed by diabetics without any fear. However, they intake should still be limited for people suffering from type-2 diabetes.
  • Being alkaline in nature, sugarcane juice helps the body in fighting against cancer, especially prostate and breast cancer.
  • Sugarcane provides glucose to the body, which is stored as glycogen and burned by the muscles, whenever they require energy. Therefore, it is considered to be one of the best sources of energy.
  • If you have been exposed to heat and physical activity for too long, drink sugarcane juice. It will help hydrate the body quickly.
  • Sugarcane is believed to strengthen stomach, kidneys, heart, eyes, brain, and sex organs.
  • Sugarcane juice is an excellent substitute for aerated drinks and cola.
  • Sugarcane clears the urinary flow and also helps the kidney to perform its functions smoothly.
  • Sugarcane juice has been found to be good for those who are suffering from febrile disorders. Febrile disorders are responsible for causing fevers, which can result in a great amount of protein loss from the body. Liberal consumption of sugar cane juice provides the necessary protein and other food elements to the body.
  • Sugarcane is beneficial for micturation, caused due to high acidity, along with genorrhoea, enlarged prostate, cyctitis and nepthritis. Mixing sugarcane juice with lime juice, ginger juice and coconut water will give better results.
  • Sugarcane juice is said to speed up the recovery process after jaundice.
  • As sugarcane consists of carbohydrates, in good quantities, it serves to refresh and energize the body. It supplies instant energy to working muscles and for this reason, it is also known to maximize performance in sports and endurance.
  • Sugarcane is also good for digestion, as it can effectively work as a mild laxative because of its high potassium content.
  • It lowers body cholesterol- both LDL and triglyceride

Raw sugar vs. Refined Sugar

The raw version of sugar is sugarcane juice which actually is good for the body because of its nutrients and mineral contains. On the other hand, refined sugar doesn’t have any mineral or nutrient contains. Refining of the sugar is similar to the bleaching process of wheat flour. Refines sugar are nothing more than pure carbohydrates and doesn’t have any other nutrient value an during the refinement procedure other unwanted chemicals such as phosphoric acid, formic acid and sulfur dioxide gets attached to the sugar crystals.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, not are they intended to diagnosis or treat disease.

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14 thoughts on “Sugarcane : Health Benefits Of Eating Sugarcane And Drinking It’s Juice

  1. Alhamdulilah,
    I am very grateful for that explanation as this made me understand and know more about the benefits in chewing sugarcane and drinking its juice, because I never knew sugarcane has this much benefits
    Thanks, Nurat Mahmud from Jigawa State, Nigeria.

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