Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sugarcane Juice Nature's Wonderful Beverage

In Chennai Sugarcane Juice is a Delicious Beverage during Summer Months

Sugarcane juice is the juice extracted from pressed sugarcane. It is consumed as a beverage worldwide. This is a popular drink in India especially in states such as Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. It is known as "Oosacha Ras" or "Ganneka Ras" in Maharashtra in Marathi and Hindi accordingly. People usually like this drink in the summer months. Some other additives are added to the fresh juice like lemon, ginger, mint, and ice.

People also can find this drink along the roadsides in Tamil Nadu from mid March to the last of October. I have captured this sugarcane juice vendor using his sugarcane juice extraction machine in Chennai keep preparing fresh juice quickly on demand.

Quick Facts:

Sugarcane juice is considered rich source of vitamins and minerals:

The beverage has vitamins  A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6; minerals such as calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium and zinc as well as an excellent source of phytonutrients, antioxidants, proteins and soluble fiber. It is provides quick re-hydration of human body and the rich glucose source replenish your energy.

Presence of the high concentration of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and manganese in sugarcane make it as an alkaline base food drink. Eating an alkaline diet helps the blood pH level to stay in balance (between 7.35 and 7.45) without as much effort. This does not mean we should eliminate acidic foods from our diet altogether; it simply means we need to shift the balance from the typically acidic diet to a more alkaline diet.

Though the beverage is known for its high sugar content, it is an encouraging tips for diabetic patients. The drink has low glycemic index, since it is the natural sugar and there won't be the steep rice in blood glucose level.

It also boosts protein levels and sustain the smooth functioning of the kidney. It subsides the burning sensation associated with urinary track infections. 

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