I know you have seen it everywhere, especially in a lot of food products that are promoted as healthy. It is being marketed as better for you when that is not entirely the case. What is this thing you ask? CANE SUGAR.

Cane Sugar is refined sugar made from sugarcane. Refined white (or brown) sugar is usually made from two sources – sugarcane or beets. The one made from sugarcane is what is referred to as cane sugar. As most people are starting to learn about the undesirable effects of refined sugar, it is important to also understand that cane sugar is a refined sugar. There are a lot of food and beverage products that are promoted as healthy but contain cane sugar. While we are not saying these products are bad for you, it is important for consumers to fully understand the ingredients in the products they consume.

So, how is cane sugar different from sugarcane water (juice)?. The process for producing cane sugar starts off in the same way as that of sugarcane juice which is pressing of the water from sugarcane stalks but that is where the similarities end. In the cane sugar production process, the pressed juice is clarified, evaporated, crystallized and spun in a centrifuge. It is then dried and packed for sale. Basically, the end product has been stripped off all the nutrients it started with. Sugarcane water (also known as sugarcane juice) is the naturally sweet and nutrient-rich water cold pressed from sugarcane (a type of grass). It is a beverage that has been long enjoyed in several cultures worldwide. There is a huge difference between the natural pressed water from sugarcane versus a product that has been highly processed such as cane sugar. Sugarcane water is considered as a powerful medicinal beverage in Ayurveda, a 5,000 year old system of natural healing with roots in India. It is a natural energy drink with anti-oxidants, electrolytes and complex carbohydrates, which has less impact on blood sugar levels. If you have ever been to countries like Brazil, Cuba, India, Egypt, Thailand, Philippines, Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Nigeria to name a few, chances are you have come across sugarcane being chewed for its water or juiced fresh for you to drink. It is just as popular as coconut water in these countries. Check out some of the research we found on the health benefits of sugarcane juice here.