If you’ve ever spent a hot day outdoors and been handed a glass of freshly pressed sugarcane juice, you know what heaven feels like! Rarely is something so delicious and good for you at the same time, but that’s exactly what a glass of sugarcane juice serves up! Here’s why you shouldn’t miss out on the pleasures of this drink.
1. Gives An Energy Boost
The long fibrous stalk of the sugarcane plant is rich in sucrose, a simple form of sugar. Sugarcane is integral to making many food items like molasses and jaggery, apart from being consumed as a juice, usually freshly pressed in small hand mills. Being sucrose-rich, it is easily absorbed by the body and can give an instant boost when you’re low on sugar or if you’re dehydrated.
2. Has Antioxidants
Sugarcane juice is a go-to beverage in the tropics and sub-tropics. But it can be more than just a refreshing drink – thanks to its significant antioxidant properties. The phenols and flavanols allow sugarcane juice to scavenge free radicals and prevent lipid peroxidation. Studies show that these properties make
3. Slows Down Cancer
In the fight against cancer, anything that acts as an antiproliferative agent –working to prevent or retard the spread of cells, especially malignant ones, into surrounding tissues – is a useful ally. Turns out sugarcane juice has a flavonoid (tricin-7-O-β-(6″-methoxycinnamic)-glucoside) that can help do just that. Its antioxidant strength helps it to slow down the spread of malignant cells and fight several cancer cell lines.2
4. Prevents And Treats Anemia
Sugarcane juice is also full of iron-rich sugar. This opens up the possibility of using it as a sweet substitute that
5. Can Serve As A Rehydrating Sports Drink
Any athlete knows the worth of a drink that can quickly raise sugar levels and replenish lost energy. Drinking plenty of fluids during rigorous training or exercise can help improve performance and delay the onset of fatigue. This means the
6. Doesn’t Harm The Teeth
Your pearly whites don’t have to shy away from a good swig of sugarcane juice. Contrary to popular belief, all sugars don’t automatically cause dental cavities. Sucrose sugars figure lowest in the list of sugary villains. In fact, studies in Columbia show that significant consumption of crystallized sugarcane juice helped to lower the incidence of dental caries.5
And there’s more on the sugar benefits! Because of its sucrose sugar component, sugarcane juice has a low glycemic index, making it relatively safer for diabetics also.
7. Is Used In Ayurveda
Traditional medicinal systems like ayurveda recognize the varied properties and benefits of sugarcane juice and uses it in formulations such as lehyam, asava, and arishta.6 Apart from leaning on its richness in carbohydrates and iron to build energy and fight anemia, ayurvedic treatments use sugarcane juice for ailments as diverse as ulcers, fevers, kidney functioning, eye disorders, and weight gain as well. It is also considered an effective diuretic and laxative.7
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|↑2||Duarte-Almeida, Joaquim Mauricio, Giuseppina Negri, Antonio Salatino, João Ernesto de Carvalho, and Franco Maria Lajolo. “Antiproliferative and antioxidant activities of a tricin acylated glycoside from sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum) juice.” Phytochemistry 68, no. 8 (2007): 1165-1171.|
|↑3||Arcanjo, Francisco P., Vicente P. Pinto, Maria R. Arcanjo, Márcia R. Amici, and Olga M. Amâncio. “Effect of a beverage fortified with evaporated sugarcane juice on hemoglobin levels in preschool children.” Revista panamericana de salud pública 26, no. 4 (2009): 350-354.|
|↑4||Kalpana, Kommi, Priti Rishi Lal, Doddipalli Lakshmi Kusuma, and Gulshan Lal Khanna. “The effects of ingestion of sugarcane juice and commercial sports drinks on cycling performance of athletes in comparison to plain water.” Asian journal of sports medicine 4, no. 3 (2013): 181.|
|↑5||Cohen, B. “Scientific basis for the prevention of caries
|↑6||Hebbar, JV. Living With Ayurveda. Patridge Publishing, 2015.|
|↑7||Karthikeyan, J., and S. Sankar Samipillai. “Sugarcane in therapeutics.” Journal of Herbal Medicine and Toxicology 4, no. 1 (2010): 9-14.|