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Sugarcane for Instant Energy

Chitra Malik

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Calories
One tsp. of sugar cane granulated sugar contains 15 calories. A person can burn 15 calories in an eight-minute shower or a 13-minute nap. However, many high-calorie foods have a lot of added sugar and little nutritional value. For example, a 20-oz. bottle of high sugar soda contains up to 18 tsp. of sugar and 290 calories.

Carbohydrates
One tsp. of granulated sugar cane contains 4 g of carbohydrates. In comparison, a slice of bread contains 15 g of carbohydrate. Carbohydrates are a source of energy for the brain and muscles. Whether the carbohydrate comes from sugar or bread, the body utilizes it the same way.

Benefits
Sugar cane is all-natural and has a number of benefits in the manufacturing of food. Sugar cane adds a boost of flavor to food. It also gives baked goods color and texture. In addition, sugar cane acts as a preservative in foods, such as jams and jellies. It also feeds yeast to allow breads to rise.

Considerations
People are eating and drinking more sugar today than ever before. Many foods contain large amounts of added sugars. These sugars add non-nutritive calories to foods, and these extra calories lead to weight gain. The key to using sugar cane in the diet is to do so in moderation. The 15 calories in 1 tsp. of sugar is no more fattening than the 25 calories in a 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables. However,

Sugar cane juice benefits
Sugar cane juice is probably the most popular and widely consumed juice here in India. An interesting fact is that it is in use since thousands of years. In Ayurveda, sugar cane juice, and its other derivatives such as jaggery is used in many formulations including lehyams (herbal jams), Asava, Arishta etc. Let us know what are its benefits.

Sugar cane juice is nourishing, it is a natural diuretic.

Sugarcane is cold in nature. So Sugar cane juice is one of the best natural  coolant drink.

Sugar cane slightly increases Kapha Dosha and calms Pitta Dosha.

Sugarcane juice has a  low glycemic index, which keeps the body’s metabolism healthy and helps maintain a healthy body weight. Roughly one teaspoon of raw sugar contains only eleven calories. (Source: ehow.com)

Sugarcane is rich in Phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Sugarcane is an alkalizing substance, and therefore is beneficial at fighting cancer. Studies have shown that it has proven an effective at fighting prostate and breast cancer cells. Furthermore, it is exceptionally beneficial for rehydration as it not only cools the body but also energizes with a high quantity of useful carbohydrates and protein. The nutrients found in sugarcane are beneficial to inner organ functioning, including the kidneys, heart and brain.

Sugar cane juice is best for
Sugar cane juice is ideal for those who are

  • who suffer from burning sensation when urinating
  • who are tired due to excess sun exposure, during summer.
  • who have Pitta body type and Vata body type.
Sugar cane juice is not ideal for those having  Kapha body type

When to take Sugar cane juice?
The best time to take sugar cane juice is the afternoon, when Pitta Dosha is predominant. It is better to avoid it during night.

Benefits of Sugarcane Juice
Sugar cane juice is nourishing, it is a natural diuretic.
Sugar cane juice is one of the best natural  coolant drink.
Sugar cane slightly increases Kapha Dosha and calms Pitta Dosha.
Sugarcane juice has a  low glycemic index, which keeps the body’s metabolism healthy and helps maintain a healthy body weight.
Sugarcane is rich in Phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.

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