Would you like to prepare a tasty sugarcane juice and know its benefits? If so, you’re in the right place.
This drink is consumed all over the world, in places such as: Colombia, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Mexico, Brazil, India and the United States, among others. And best of all, it’s delicious.
Next, we start with the step-by-step recipe and what you need to know about it.
Where do we start?
- Juice extractor / sugarcane juicer.
- A knife.
- Large glass or cup.
All you need is:
- About 30 cm of fresh sugar cane ready for consumption.
Sugarcane juice – Homemade recipe
Just follow these 2 steps:
- First, peel the sugarcane to remove microbes and facilitate processing. To do this, cut it into 2 pieces about 15 cm long. Then take a piece, hold it by one end while resting the other on a flat surface and make longitudinal cuts (lengthwise) from the top towards the base, about 2 cm from the bark. Then repeat the process all around the circumference and with the second piece of cane. At this point, you should get 2 peeled, clean, soft and slightly moist sugar canes. Be careful not to cut yourself when you use the knife!
- Then, if you’ve a sugarcane juicer, just crush the canes a few times to get all the juice available. If you use a typical juice extractor, cut the canes into smaller pieces (short and thin) and process them little by little so as not to break the machine.
That’s all! Now you can make and enjoy this exquisite juice!
What’s sugarcane juice good for? – Main properties and benefits
One cup (248 g) of sugarcane juice includes the following:
- Calories: 184 kcal.
- Sugar: 50.1 g.
- Water: 79.6%.
- Potassium: 27.3 mg.
This combination of nutrients may help to recover energy quickly. With this in mind, this juice may be useful for athletes or people looking to gain weight.
On the other hand, according to specialists, sugar cane juice may have other positive effects such as those highlighted below.
- Reduce inflammation.
- Ease the pain.
- Function as a diuretic.
- Protect the liver.
So, can sugarcane juice make you gain weight?
Considering its high level of calories, it may help to reach a caloric surplus to gain some weight. Anyway, remember to maintain a healthy diet and not to overconsume this food or its juice. Excess sugar isn’t good.
If you want to lose weight, this drink may not be convenient for you.
Is sugarcane juice safe for diabetics?
According to experts, this food has a low glycemic index but a high glycemic load. This means that it may have a big impact on blood sugar levels and raise them dangerously high. After all, let’s remember that 1 cup of this drink includes about 50 g of sugar, which’s equivalent to several tablespoons.
In short, this juice may not be suitable for diabetics.
If you’re interested, we’ve recipes and information on juices to lower blood sugar here.