What Are the Health Benefits and Fun Facts About Sugar Cane?
Sugarcane is the only crop in the world that can provide its own processing energy. Aside from that, it is used to make sugar that you put in coffee, cake, and much more. In this blog we will be talking about sugarcane, where it comes from and the health benefits it has.
Sugarcane is a tropical and subtropical plant known for its sweet stalks, which are the primary source of sugar production. It is a tall, perennial grass that can grow up to 20 feet in height. Its stalks are filled with sweet juice, which is the source of sucrose, the sugar found in sugarcane.
Southeast Asia and the South Pacific are thought to be its places of origin. Although historians and botanists disagree on the precise origin, it is generally agreed that sugar cane was first domesticated in New Guinea or the Southeast Asian islands. Through trade and exploration, sugarcane agriculture eventually spread to several locations throughout the globe. A few thousand years ago, it was brought to India, China, and other regions of Asia. Sugarcane was further developed and improved in the Middle East and North Africa after being introduced by Arab traders. Sugarcane was then brought to the Atlantic islands of Madeira and the Canary Islands by Portuguese explorers in the 15th century. While exploring the Americas, Christopher Columbus also introduced sugar cane to the Caribbean. During the colonial era, the Caribbean—specifically, the islands of Hispaniola, Cuba, and Jamaica—became important hubs for the production of sugar. Eventually it then spread to various parts of the world, becoming a significant global crop due to its economic importance in the production of sugar.
Sugarcane juice has an abundance of nutrients such as carbohydrates, protein, vitamins A, B-complex and C and minerals like phosphorus, calcium, potassium, zinc, and iron. It also contains antioxidants and fibers.
Health Benefits of Drinking Sugarcane Juice:
The main source of human energy, sucrose, is found naturally in sugarcane. In order to restore low blood sugar levels, it normalizes the release of glucose in your body. Your body is hydrated by sugarcane juice, which also helps you feel less tired in hot conditions. You can combat dryness with the help of the minerals, proteins, and carbs found in this drink. Excellent diuretic qualities of sugarcane juice aid in the body’s removal of toxins and diseases. Preventing kidney stones and urinary tract infections is made easier by drinking sugarcane juice. It also guarantees the kidneys’ normal operation. Sugarcane juice functions as a digestive tonic for gastrointestinal distress. It has a lot of potassium, which helps keep the stomach’s pH levels in check. The secretion of digestive juices is facilitated and the system is maintained by sugarcane juice. Additionally, sugarcane has a sizable number of fibers that aid in digestion and lessen constipation. Sugarcane is also an immunity booster. Vitamin C and antioxidants found in sugarcane may help to strengthen your immune system. Flavonoids are present and aid the body in fighting malignant cells, particularly prostate and breast cancer. Excellent treatment for liver and intestinal issues is sugarcane juice. But like everything out there, consume it in moderation.
Now that we know where sugarcane more or less came from and some of the health benefits, let’s talk about some fun facts.
- There are many different varieties of sugarcane. At Grow Inn Homes, we are growing Black, HomeOwner Green, and Red Sugarcane.
- The biggest sugarcane producer in the world is Brazil in South America.
- After the sugar has been taken out, the remains of the stalks can be burned to generate heat and electricity. It can also be made into paper, cardboard and cutlery.
- Sugarcane has no fats. It is a 100% natural drink. It has about 30 grams of natural sugar. Hence, you do not have to add extra sugar for sweetness.
We hope that you learned something new or are more informed about what sugarcanes can do to benefit you. Follow us on our social media pages to see us juice the sugarcane we grow right at our Grow Inn Homes headquarters.