Sugarcane is a stout, jointed, fibrous stalk consumed as a snack and used in the production of sugar.
Its colour varies from purple to brown on the outside and white to butter inside.
Sugarcane is stacked with an abundance of carbohydrates, proteins, minerals like calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, and potassium, and vitamins A, B-complex, and C.
Here are nine reasons to eat sugarcane.
Because of the presence of a massive amount of glucose, sugarcane is an excellent source of immediate energy. It contains simple sugars (sucrose) that are easily absorbed by the body. These sugars help to replenish the lost sugar levels in the body, instantly boosting your energy.
Good for pregnant women
Sugarcane contains trace amounts of folic acid or vitamin B9 that is known to protect children from neural birth defects like spina bifida.
Builds strong bones and teeth
It contains a host of minerals, such as calcium and phosphorus, which help build your teeth enamel and skeletal strength. It also prevents bad breath, decay and strengthens your teeth.
The potassium content in sugar cane juice helps balance the pH levels of the stomach and facilitates the secretion of digestive juices.
Fights breast cancer
The presence of flavonoids in sugarcane inhibits the multiplication of cancerous cells in the mammary glands, thus reducing risks of breast cancer.
It is also rich in phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium as well as potassium which keep cancer at bay.
Relieves sore throat
Sugarcane is rich in vitamin C, a good remedy for a sore throat. It is also a rich source of antioxidants that ward off any viral or bacterial infections.
Aids weight loss
It has no fats. It is a 100% natural drink and contains about 30 grams of natural sugar. It reduces bad cholesterol in the body, which is one the main reasons for weight gain. It is also high in soluble fibres that aid weight loss.
Good for diabetics
Its extract might be a better option for diabetics as compared to refined table sugar, which usually produces blood sugar as well as insulin fluctuations.
The water content in sugarcane is very high, making it a great relief for dehydration as it instantly cools the body and replenishes lost water and energy.
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