Packed with antioxidants, sugar cane juice is worth a try

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Healthy, delicious, full of antioxidants & green. What's not to love?

sugar cane juice

© Kate Gilbert

If you've not been travelling though Asia or South America, you'd be forgiven for never having come across sugar cane juice.

The tasty green drink is squished out of raw sugar canes by roadside vendors and served up over ice with dinners across both regions as a healthy and refreshing beverage.

But if you thought all sugar was evil, the humble sugar cane plant is here to prove you wrong. Although sugar cane juice and refined sugar come from the same place - in it's raw form, the juice has a low glycaemic index and is believed to be packed with antioxidants.

The juice has 15% total sugar content (all of which is obviously unrefined and so don't produce the same blood sugar spike) and the rest is water believed to be packed with calcium, magnesium, iron, vitamins, and antioxidants such as flavonoids.

Flavonoids are goodies that are thought to tackle a whole heap of medical problems as they are antiviral, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancerous and as a result, the juice has been guzzled in places such as Brazil, India and Singapore for it's health benefits for years.

Some argue that it is better for you than wheatgrass shots. We don't know if that's true (leave that to the science folk), but it certainly tastes better!

The only problem being, as with a lot of good-for-you-things, it needs to be drunk fresh. Sipping it out a bottle does not do the same amount of good.

So keep your eyes peeled for some of those bamboo look-a-like canes at a juice bar or food market near you and give it a whirl. We recommend having it with a squeeze of lemon in on a hot day.



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