sugar cane juice

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Having lived in South India for the most of my life I have so hated the summers. The hot and arid afternoons wood leave me thirsty  as hell. A  glass of chilled sugarcane juice from a local juice bar would not only quench my thirst but also leave me feeling rejuvinated and energetic!

Sugarcane juice is the juice extracted from pressed sugar cane. It is consumed as a beverage in many places, especially where sugarcane is commercially grown such as South east Asia, India, Egypt, and Latin America.

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  • Is store bought processed sugar cane good for you?!

For the greatest health benefits, consume minimally processed sugarcane juice. This means you consume less sugar per serving while still receiving all the nutritional benefits of sugarcane. Fresh sugarcane juice can be made at home if you have a juicer. Or you can purchase it at specialty grocery stores. The less processing and the fewer preservatives and added ingredients it has, the more health benefits you’ll likely receive.

If you are interested in consuming whole, fresh sugarcane, purchase large, cut pieces of fresh sugarcane. Choose pieces of sugarcane that are still firm when touched, with a smooth bark and no visible mold. Fresh sugarcane can be stored in the refrigerator for up to six months.

  • What are its health benefits?

Sugarcane contains a large amount of glucose along with other compounds. The glucose and other electrolytes make it an instant pick-me-up. Added to the obvious content of healthy sugars, cane also contains numerous anti-oxidants! This not only rejuvenates the body, but also slows down the aging process!

A 1-teaspoon serving of raw sugar derived from sugarcane has only 15 calories per serving, although it contains no dietary fiber, fat, cholesterol or sodium. It also contains irons and folates that enhance our haemoglobin level.

  • What is blackstrap molasses?

Produced from sugarcane, blackstrap molasses is not as common a sweetener as it was during the pioneer days, but its health benefits are numerous. A single tablespoon contains 58 calories, and it is a good source of calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.

  • How does it help digestion? 

Sugarcane juice has large amounts of potassium in it, making it the perfect agent to aid in digestion. The potassium also acts as an antimicrobial agent – protecting your stomach from infections – and improve peristalsis (the movement of food through the digestive tract).

  • Is it good for your skin?

Clears skin imperfections!  When it comes to healthy skin, Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) which are part of the natural constituents of sugarcane juice, are supposed to have a lot of benefits.

They fight acne, reduce blemishes, prevent ageing and help in keeping the skin hydrated. Just apply sugarcane juice to your skin and let it dry or add it to your favorite face mask and scrub, and your skin will look radiant and clear.

  • Any harmful effects of drinking too much sugar cane juice?

Sugarcane juice is oxidized within 15 minutes of exposure to air so it should be consumed readily. Though it contains natural and easily digestible sugar, patients with type 2 diabetes should consume sugarcane juice in moderation.

Raw sugar cane juice can be a health risk to drinkers due to the unhygienic conditions under which it is prepared. There are some diseases that can be transmitted by raw sugar-cane.

Where in New York can I find some freshly prepared sugar cane juice?

Squeeze

(550 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019 at 11th Ave
Hell’s Kitchen, Midtown West)

Juice generation

(171 W 4th St New York, NY 10014 b/t Jones St & Cornelia St
West Village)

Arepa factory

(147 Ave A New York, NY 10009

East Village, Alphabet City)

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Mango apricot salsa

By Shalini Kolluri

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When I first ate this salsa at a friend’s house, I was blown away by how well all these colorful ingredients came together.The sweetness in the fruit complements  the sourness in the lemon juice. Added to that, the mint and cumin make this salsa taste fresh and flavorful.

However, I always loved how apricot and mango tasted together and to my surprise there is no such thing as too much flavor in one super yum summer salsa.

Mangoes add a tropical twist and an explosion of flavor to any meal; as well this fruit can also significantly help to improve your health. Mangoes are good source of amino acids, flavonoids, vitamin C and E, niacin, beta carotene, calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium.

Ingredients:-

2 semi-ripe mangoes, pitted, chunked, unpeeled

2 medium sized ripe apricots, peeled and diced

1/4 cup cucumber diced into small pieces

1/4 cup red pepper small pieces

1/2 teaspoon cumin powder

a pinch of salt

1 cup  fresh cilantro

1/4 cup chopped mint leaves

1/2 medium red onion, peeled or approximately 3/4 cup chopped

1 jalapeño, halved, seeded

1 Tablespoon lime juice or lemon juice

Method:-

In a medium bowl, add mango, apricot, cucumber,mint,salt,cumin powder red bell pepper, green onion, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, and lemon juice. Cover, and allow to sit at least 30 minutes before serving.

You can also use it as a dip for tortilla chips, place on a bed of greens or spread on softened cream cheese for a cracker spread. Enjoy!

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