Sugar cane

 

Sugar cane grows in the tropical areas and normally its height is about 4m. About 80% of the sugar in the world is derived from sugar cane while it is also used in the local cuisine in South East Asia and Latin America. Sugar cane’s juice is also popular in these regions where it is often served on ice and with lime, pineapple, passion fruit or ginger. It is a valuable source of juice as it is rich in minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc as well as vitamin A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B5. Sugar cane has high concentration of antioxidants, protein and soluble fibres and is also used as a natural energy drink due to its abundance in glucose. Even though it has high sugar content, sugar cane juice is good for diabetics. It contains natural sugar which has low glycemic index that prevents steep rise in blood glucose levels. However, people with Type-2 diabetes should consume it in moderation. Due to the concentration of antioxidants, sugar cane juice helps strengthening the immune system and specialists often recommended for maintaining the health of kidneys as it is rich in proteins.