Where exactly does the sugarcane in your juices come from?


We currently use a variety of locations to source our sugarcane, specifically Jamaica and Uganda.




What is sugarcane?


Contrary to popular knowledge sugarcane is actually a perennial plant belonging to the grass family. This plant grows up to 20ft high and shares a resemblance to bamboo.




How is the juice extracted from the sugarcane stalk?


Our juice is extracted by compressing fibrous sugarcane stalks, releasing the naturally sweet juice forming a delicious and refreshing drink.




Does sugarcane juice have any health benefits


Sugarcane juice contains high amounts of flavonoid compounds. Flavonoids are a type of phytonutrient 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.




Can diabetics drink sugarcane juice


We are not doctors or nutritionists here at The Cane Press, just a bunch of individuals passionate about health.

What we do know is that cane juice has a low glycemic index (GI) of between 30 and 40 out of 100, 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 65.
However, food and drink should not be judged by their GI alone. Factors such as nutrient density and fat content should also be considered. Sugarcane 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.

We do however recommend our juice is consumed in moderation by diabetics and that they seek the advice of a health professional before making any adjustments to their diet. ​Source: http://www.diabetes.co.uk/food/what-can-i-drink.html




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 enzymes, vitamins and phytonutrients.




Can vegans drink sugarcane juice?


Our cane juice is 100% vegan friendly and also suitable for those with gluten intolerances.




I've heard that sugarcane juice can be used to treat jaundice, is this true?


Again, we are not doctors and therefore are not qualified to make such claims. However, many of our customers suffering from jaundice have come to us stating that they have been advised to drink sugarcane juice. Further research has led us to discover that, particuarly in ayurveda medicine, sugarcane juice is recommended due to its nutrient density whilst assisting to reduce the bilirubin levels in the blood. The natural sugars found in the juice are a great antidote for boosting poor energy levels, keeps the body well hydrated and aids in recovery.




How fresh are your juices?


Unlike other sugarcane juice companies we do not use any form of processing or pasteurisation on our juices so they are 100% fresh. We simply press and pour. Why this makes us different? Nearly all bottled juices on the shelves in supermarkets are pasteurised by high-pressure processing (HPP) or heat pasteurisation to extend the shelf life. Companies are not required to inform customers of this and so it is a sneaky attempt to trick consumers into believing they are drinking live, raw juice, when in actual fact they are not. Pasteurising and processing juices kill the naturally occuring microorganisms and denature (destroys) the live enzymes!! Why you should only drink cold pressed raw sugarcane juice? Raw suagrcane juice is packed full of live enzymes. This is one of the most (if not, the most) beneficial reasons for drinking juice! Live enzymes are responsible for thousands of metabolic processes that sustain healthy life. These enzymes fight disease, promote metabolism, break down sugars, burn fat and ensure your body stays healthy. However, these live enzymes only stay alive for 5-7 days after juicing, that is why it is best to consume sugarcane juice immediately or within 24 hours of juicing. Companies using pasteurisation and HPP to kill microorganisms that stop fermentation (stop the juce from spoiling) are destroying these live enzymes which means you are left with a drink that is high in fructose and not much else. Fructose is a sugar which loves to turn into fat when not used by the body. So keep it Raw, Cold Pressed and FRESH! The live enzymes in a raw, unprocessed juice break-down the fructose after you drink it. They turn it into glucose where it can be easily processed by the body. Without the enzymes, you’re drinking flavored fructose-water, putting more work on your liver, and risking fat-gain. It’s only slightly better than drinking a can of cola. Because our juices are always FRESH they are packed full of live enzymes and high in mineral content. We encourage you to visit us at our Old Spitalfields location where we freshly press our stalks of sugarcane in front of your very eyes ready for consumption.