Sugarcane is in season!!! Actually, sugarcane is reportedly in season but some local farmers say they are more delicious after the rainy season because of the soil. So, why not make the best use of it for our own health?
Nature has endowed us with so much that we can always have them at our beck and call unless we are being ignorant of those natural things. Believe it or not Sugar is made from sugar cane. So is Cane Syrup, Golden Syrup, and Molasses (thick, dark brown juice obtained from raw sugar during the refining process) etc.
I know you are wondering how then white colour come about. At the mills, the sugar cane is first cut up into small pieces, and then crushed to extract its juice. … This sugar-rich solution is boiled down to a thick syrup to which tiny “seed” sugar crystals are added and allowed to grow to larger crystals of raw sugar. Then, Bone char known as natural carbon or granular carbon or an ion-exchange system widely used by the sugar industry as a decolorizing filter, allows the sugar cane to achieve its desirable white colour. We are not talking sugar making. So, without diverting too much Sugarcane is one of those rare gifts from nature. Do you know doctors’ advice jaundice patients to fight the sickness with sugar cane juice?
Sugarcane is a 100% natural drink with about 30 grams of natural sugar. You can make fantastic sugarcane juice loaded with abundant carbohydrates, proteins, and minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, and potassium. It also contains vitamins A, B-complex, and C plus many health benefits such as helping to create an alkaline environment in the body that prevent diseases like cancer.
The presence of antioxidants, flavonoids, and phenolic compounds in the juice makes sugarcane to be an active agent of soft and glowing skin as well as being effective in the curing of skin issues like acne.
Sugarcane contains sucrose as well as several other nutritional substances that make our body healthy. Sugar cane helps in cleansing the body of harmful toxins and other foreign elements.
Health benefits of sugarcane juice
Natural Energy Booster:
Sugarcane juice is good source of glucose because it helps to re-hydrate the body and gives it a boost of energy. It gives an instant kick of energy and quenches the thirst. So, instead of your artificial energy drink, the next time you feel fatigued or dehydrated, consider drinking a glass of cane. It is identified as the healthiest drinks that supply enough energy to the body.
It is good for People Suffering from Diabetes
If you think sugarcane juice is a bad choice just because you are suffering from diabetes, then you are wrong. Sugarcane juice is very sweet. No doubt. But the natural sugar has low glycemic index that prevents steep rise in blood glucose levels in diabetics which can act as a substitute of aerated drinks for them diabetic patient. All you need is consume in moderation. People with Type-2 diabetes should consume it in moderation and after consultation with their doctors.
Ensures Safe Pregnancy
Sugarcane juice has been found to be a great addition to a pregnant woman’s diet. It facilitates quicker conceptions and safer pregnancy. The juice contains trace amounts of folic acid or vitamin B9 that is known to protect from neural birth defects like Spina bifida Research has also shown that sugarcane juice minimizes ovulating problems in women, thereby increasing chances of conception
Sugarcane juice contains sucrose that is naturally capable of healing any kind of wound in a small span of time (21). You can also dab some sugarcane juice over the wound for better results according to research. Basically, sugarcane juice helps in speeding the recovery of wounds.
You could also make your sugarcane juice at home following these steps.
Take the fresh sugarcanes and wash it. Peel the outer layer of the sugar cane with sharp knife. Be careful while peeling the layer because it is hard enough comparing to other fruits. Or you buy fresh peeled sugarcanes which are already cut into small pieces. You can as well cut it further to an inch to fit in to your blender knives to avoid damage. You may even use a normal juicer. Then separate the juice from sugarcane pieces using strainer (muslin cloth).
If you are too busy for this and roadside stall might seem to be the easiest option, just be sure that the stall you are planning to buy the drink from is not using too much oil on its crushing machines as that oil can cause harm to your body. If it is prepared in unhygienic conditions, it might lead to Chagas disease or diarrhoea. This is because sugarcane juice is considered to be the best breeding ground for microorganisms.
Do not take more than two glasses of sugarcane juice daily (two only when you have jaundice) as anything in excess can harm your body and never drink the juice that has been outside the fridge for more than 15 minutes as it may have adverse effects on your stomach and intestines.