Sugar cane was one of my favorite then as a growing child, we had it growing behind our house . I loved it because of its sweetness and and the satisfying sensation that it gives. Sugar cane is readily available in Nigerian markets and streets on wheelbarrows.
Sugar cane is part of a family of 37 tall perennial grasses of the genus Saccharum. It is among the edible and healthy grasses.
Sugar cane is one of the main crops used in the production of sugar: 70% of the world’s sugar is made from sugarcane and the remaining 30% comes from the sugar beet crop.
Beside the sweetness of sugar cane juice, it contains some nutrients that makes it to be useful to our health. The juice Sugar cane per serving (28.35 grams) contains
- Energy-111.13 kJ (26.56 kcal),
- Carbohydrates-27.51 g,
- Protein-0.27 g,
- Calcium11.23 mg ,
- Iron 0.37 mg,
- Potassium41.96 mg,
- Sodium17.01 mg,
Sugar cane has been attributed to take care of some health problems which includes its usefulness in treating fever, it is rich in iron, magnesium, calcium and other electrolytes so it is ideal for dehydration. It helps cure the common cold and other infections and also fight fever as it boosts the body’s protein.
Besides these, there are other health benefits of sugarcane juice that you should be aware of.
1. It helps to boost our immunity
Sugarcane juice is contains a lot antioxidants that help in strengthening our immune system. Increase in immunity helps to prevent a number of diseases, including those of the liver . These antioxidants contents in sugar cane help to neutralize the bilirubin levels in the body.
2. It prevents bad breath and tooth Decay
Are you battling with bad breath and tooth decay? Give sugar cane juice a trial. Sugarcane contains a number of minerals which can help build your teeth enamel in the case of tooth decay. The consistent flow of nutrients prevents decay and strengthens your teeth. Also, bad breath is another symptom of nutrient deficiency that sugarcane juice helps counter.
3. It serves as instant energy booster
Sugar cane juice due to its high content of carbohydrates, protein, iron, potassium and other essential nutrient, it can serve as an ideal energy drink. It is very useful in hot weather, a glass of cold sugarcane juice can be really refreshing. It builds up plasma and body fluids and helps counter dryness and fatigue. you are experiencing dehydration, sugarcane juice is one the best sources of instant energy. It is capable of lifting up your spirits and mood within no time leaving you all refreshed and charged.
4. It helps for wound healing
sugarcane juice also helpful in promoting wound healing. The juice contains sucrose that is naturally capable of healing any kind of wound in a small span of time. You can also apply some sugarcane juice over the wound for better results.
5. Acts As A Digestive Tonic
If you have been suffering from digestive distress, you should consider including sugarcane juice in your diet for a healthier and stress-free life.
Potassium present in sugarcane juice helps balance the pH levels of your stomach and facilitates the secretion of digestive juices. Sugarcane juice also has alkaline properties making it good for treating acidity and stomach burns.
sugarcane juice posses laxative properties which helps to improve bowel movement and relieving constipation.
6. Treats Sore Throat
Sore throat usually involves sudden itching or irritation in your throat, take a glass of sugarcane juice with a dash of lime and black salt to soothe it. Sugar cane have high content of Vitamin C and is the main reason that makes it a good remedy for a sore throat. Sugarcane juice is also a rich source of antioxidants that ward off any viral or bacterial infections
7. It is good for nail health
Does your nails make you feel uncomfortable that you need to paint it to hide it ? Try having sugarcane juice to combat this problem. Lack of nutrients makes our nails lifeless and brittle. Since sugarcane juice is full of nutrients, it nourishes your nails and makes them healthy.
8. It is beneficial in treating urinary tract infection
The wonderful sugarcane juice helps to maintain kidney health and prevent the problems associated with Urinary Tract Infections (UTI). Sugarcane juice is known to increase the protein levels in the body. This prevents many kidney-related diseases like stones and prostatitis. It also relieves the burning sensation that accompanies these disorders. Also, it is can serve as a diuretic which means that it helps treat urinary tract infections, kidney stones and ensure proper functioning of the kidneys.
9. It facilitates development of bones and teeth
Children who consume a lot of sugary sweets most times have teeth related problems. Handing a sugarcane stick or a glass of tasty sugarcane juice to every growing child will help with these teeth-related and bone-related problems.
Sugarcane is an extremely rich source of calcium that helps build your skeletal strength, including bones and teeth. This makes it one of the best ingredients that contribute to a child’s growth.
10. It Aids Weight Loss
Even though it is sweet, sugarcane juice can help you shed a few extra kilos.
Sugarcane juice is known to reduce the bad cholesterol in our body, which is one the main reason for weight gain. It is also high in soluble fibers that help us manage our weight. It can give a feeling of fullnes after consumption.