We get asked quite a few questions about our cane juice so decided to compile a list of the most commonly asked ones.
Where exactly does your juice come from?
Our juice is extracted from a perennial plant belonging to the grass family commonly referred to as sugarcane. This plant grows up to 20ft high and shares the resemblance of bamboo.
The juice from a cane stalk has a high potency equivalent to wheatgrass juice, only with less chlorophyll. The natural sweet juice is extracted from cane grass by compressing peeled fibrous sugarcane stalks forming a delicious and refreshing drink.
How much sugar is in cane juice?
Contrary to its name cane juice contains approximately 15% of sugar all of which is unrefined with the rest of the juice consisting of water boosting health promoting vitamins and minerals.
Vitamins & minerals, really?
I know, we couldn’t believe it ourselves. And after an extensive amount of research we found this to be true. Not only does cane juice taste amazing it also contains health promoting properties.
It contains iron, calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc with the amounts varying depending on the variety of cane and soil it has been grown in.
However, and more importantly, cane juice contains high amounts of flavonoid compounds which offer natural antioxidant properties.
Why is this important?
Flavonoids are a type of phytonutrient which have the properties of antioxidants and occur abundantly in plant food sources. Phytonutrient foods are supremely health-promoting which have been studied for their role in fighting cancer, stabilising blood sugar levels in diabetics, assisting in weight loss, reducing fevers, clearing the kidneys, preventing tooth decay, and a host of other health benefits.
So are you saying cane juice can fight cancer, come on now?
Not by any means, and we would consider it rather irresponsible to make such claims. But, what we do know is that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, and that includes cane juice, is a diet rich in flavonoids creating an ideal environment for wading off degenerative diseases.
Can diabetics drink cane juice too?
Ok, time for the disclaimer, we are not doctors or nutritionists here at The Cane Press, just a bunch of individuals passionate about health.
Now that we have that out the way, what we do know is that cane juice has a low glycemic index (GI) of between 30 and 40, which means it doesn’t cause a rapid increase in blood sugar levels. For a comparison, table sugar on the other hand has a GI of around 64.
However, food and drink should not be judged by their GI alone. Factors such as nutrient density and fat content should also be considered. Cane juice contains zero fat and a wealth of nutritional benefits.
According to diabetes.co.uk (link below) fruit juice need not be avoided by diabetics and is considered a good option before taking sustained periods of exercise. They also recommend it be consumed in its natural, unsweetened form.
Phew! Looks like cane juice ticks all those boxes. We do however recommend it is consumed in moderation and that all diabetics seek the advice of a health professional before making any adjustments to their diet.
But isn’t sugar just sugar regardless of where it comes from?
Well, not exactly. The complex sugars (unrefined) found in cane juice differ from the simple (refined) sugars found in cookies, cakes, sweets, fizzy drinks and processed foods.
Refined sugar is man-made and shares very little resemblance to its unrefined origin commonly made by boiling cane juice at very high temperatures, destroying any of the naturally occurring benefits.
But won’t the sugars in cane juice make me fat?
Sugar gets the blame for obesity and weight gain a lot of the time. An excessive amount of calories from any food source can make a person gain a significant amount of weight especially if it is not balanced with an active lifestyle. A lack of physical exercise plays a significant role in increasing body fat composition and obesity.
What we really need to watch out for is refined sugar which is heavily processed and has no nutritional value.
Our cane juice is unrefined and unprocessed retaining all the natural nutrients, unlike refined sugar.
Can cane juice be drunk as a pre or post work-out drink?
Indeed it can. We like to refer to the cane stalks as nature’s first energy bar, which we think makes cane juice nature’s first energy drink.
The natural occurring sugars in cane juice provide energy to working muscles which makes it perfect for fuelling an intense workout. Post workout: The high water content makes it perfect for re-hydrating post workout. Not to mention it has no added sugar, artificial additives, preservatives or flavourings unlike many of the traditional sports drinks. Cane juice is 100% natural.
Can vegans drink sugarcane juice?
Our cane juice is 100% vegan friendly and also suitable for those with gluten intolerance.
Can children drink sugarcane juice?
A 250ml glass of orange juice contains approximately 90 calories and 22g of sugar compared to 80 calories and 21g of sugar in a 250ml glass of cane juice (this varies slightly from variety of cane and origin).
As we like to remind all our customers our cane juice is 100% unrefined, with no added sugar.
We feel there is no reason why children cannot drink cane juice as part of a healthy lifestyle.
If this is such a wonder drink why hasn’t it been thought of before?
This is probably one of the best questions we get.
As cane juice is a highly perishable drink in order to reap the full benefits the optimum time of consumption, like all cold pressed juices is immediately after it has been pressed or on the same day.
In order to retain the integrity and nutritional content of our juice there is no unnecessary processing or pasteurisation. All these processes destroy the very delicate properties the juice contains. We simply PEEL, PRESS and POUR!
In parts of the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Southeast Asia and India, where cane grows in abundance, street vendors have been juicing cane using manual presses for centuries. It makes a perfect refreshing drink under the sweltering heat.
In Australia, Canada, the UK and the US cane juice is becoming more popular, particularly among the health conscious and diasporas alike. We like to think of our cane juice as coconut waters better looking cousin.
Still not convinced?
That’s ok; we were skeptical at first too. It all seemed just a bit too good to be true. We pride ourselves on being responsible and want to ensure our customers are fully equipped with as much information about their purchases and what they consume.
We’ve put together a resources section for you to check out and read at your leisure. It offers further links to independent research carried out on cane juice. We feel these sources are more reliable than searching the web and reading a random blog post.
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