Ganne ka ras or better known as Sugarcane juice, what is the first thing that you visualize when this word comes to your mind? For me it is the summer of 2016 when my friends and I would stand surrounding the cart like bees while being all sweaty after playing in the park, waiting for our turn to get a flavour of the savoury taste of the sugarcane juice. Core memories. And now as we are on the verge of entering the summer of 2022, what is better than chilling out with a glass full of sugarcane juice that not only tastes the sweetest of the sweet and is easily available to you but has health benefits too and takes a trip down your memory lane?
Widely cultivated in more than half of India, sugarcane is believed to be first grown in New Guinea.
Saccharum officinarum or Sugarcane belongs to the Andropogoneae tribe of the Poaceae (grass) family. Being the largest cultivated crop, sugarcane rules over the tropical and subtropical areas such as South East Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, North Africa and Latin America, etc. The liquid extracted from pressed sugarcane is Sugarcane Juice.
If you are an Indian then you must have seen the street vendors selling this refreshing beverage throughout the whole summer. Made by putting peeled sugarcane in the machine which presses and extracts the juice out. Sugarcane juice is usually served with lime juice or ginger juice. But you’ll be highly underestimating sugarcane juice if you believe that it’s only limited to its sweet taste. Containing zero fat, cholesterol, fibre, and protein, sugarcane juice is enriched in several vitamins along with sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, and iron and has high health benefits. So sit down and enjoy your sugarcane juice while we mention the 13 reasons why it is beneficial for you.
13 Health Benefits of Sugarcane Juice
- In maintaining the kidney health
Known for being an effective diuretic and already containing no fats and cholesterol as we have mentioned above, sugarcane is a sweet deal you can make with your body to prevent kidney stones and urinary tract infections.
- In maintaining the liver health
Whether you have a healthy liver or not, top off your health game by consuming a glass of sugarcane juice. Its alkaline nature keeps acid levels low in your body, strengthening your liver life.
- Improves Digestion
Being abundant in potassium does nothing but makes it more beneficial for our stomach health as it keeps stomach infections at bay. Its laxative properties prevent constipation by improvising bowel movements.
- Cancer prevention
Sugarcane juice is alkaline and contains potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium which makes the survival of cancerous cells difficult. Drinking sugarcane juice lowers the risks of developing certain types of cancers such as breast cancer and prostate cancer.
- Keeps bad breath and tooth decay away
Deficiency of certain nutrients can be the cause behind the bad breath that if you have any. Well, worry not, sugarcane juice can be your savior by subduing it. Not only that but being rich in calcium, phosphorus and minerals helps build in the enamel of the tooth and strengthen it.
- Development of bones
We already have a piece of common knowledge about minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and potassium strengthening our bones. So what is better than drinking a glass full of sweetness which is not only savoury but does the same for you.
- Can be a part of your skincare.
Not only can it be a part of your internal health, but it can also be a reason behind your radiant-looking skin. Glycolic acid, one of the alpha-hydroxy acids in sugarcane, treats skin deformities such as acne scars, dark patches, and wrinkles.
- Stronger Immunity
Want a stronger immune system? Need to know how to achieve one? Well, you already have the answer. The presence of Antioxidants and Vitamin C can help you attain it.
- Helps in pregnancy
The presence of Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B4, B5, B6, and Vitamin C along with calcium, magnesium, and iron is extremely advantageous for pregnant women when consumed in the form of refreshing sugarcane juice.
- Helpful for Diabetic Patients
Containing glycemic acid index which helps keep blood sugar levels low, sugarcane juice can be extremely effective for people having diabetes if consumed in a moderate amount.
- Helps during fever
Fever can lead the body to essential proteins which can be restored by the sugarcane juice. And also helps in reducing body aches and weakness.
- Can act as a stress reliever
A hefty amount of amino acids, magnesium, and tryptophan which are needed to balance hormonal levels are present in the natural sweeteners.
- Instant Energizer
Are you someone who constantly needs energy drinks? No, who needs the artificial energy drinks when we have the OG. Sugars present in the sugarcane juice can be easily absorbed by the body, instantly filling your body with vitality.
Are you convinced enough? Or do I need to mention more?