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Sugarcane juice

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**Health Risks Associated with Sugarcane Juice:**
– Diseases like Leptospirosis can be transmitted by raw sugarcane.
Sugarcane juice in Brazil linked to Chagas disease due to Trypanosoma cruzi.
Drinking sugarcane juice in Egypt can pose health risks due to mycotoxin contamination.
– Improperly cleaned sugarcane may contain traces of pathogens from infected bugs.
– Concerns about Aflatoxin B1 and fumonisin B1 contamination in Egypt’s sugarcane juice.

**Global Consumption and Culinary Uses of Sugarcane Juice:**
– Popular street drink in countries like India, Brazil, and Pakistan.
– Used as a base for beverages, cocktails, and desserts.
– Mixed with lime, ginger, or used as a natural sweetener.
– Variations include adding coconut water or fruit extracts.
– Used in traditional medicine for its health benefits.

**Nutritional Benefits of Sugarcane Juice:**
– Rich source of antioxidants and essential minerals like iron, magnesium, and calcium.
– High in vitamins C, B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6.
– Low glycemic index suitable for diabetics.
– Helps in boosting immunity and overall health benefits.

**Health Benefits of Consuming Sugarcane Juice:**
– Aids in digestion and prevents stomach infections.
– Helps in liver detoxification and acts as a natural energy booster.
– Hydrates the body, quenches thirst, and improves kidney function.
– Known to reduce urinary problems and improve overall health.

**Cultural Significance and Country-Specific Consumption of Sugarcane Juice:**
– Considered a traditional summer cooler in many cultures.
– Associated with festivals, celebrations, and religious rituals.
– Represents freshness, vitality, hospitality, and warmth.
– Consumption habits in Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, and Madagascar.

Sugarcane juice (Wikipedia)

Sugarcane juice is the liquid extracted from pressed sugarcane. It is consumed as a beverage in many places, especially where sugarcane is commercially grown, such as Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, North Africa, mainly Egypt, and also in South America. Sugarcane juice is obtained by crushing peeled sugar cane in a mill and is one of the main precursors of rum.

Sugarcane juice
Machine used to crush sugar cane to obtain the juice

In the United States where processed sugarcane syrup is used as a sweetener in food and beverage manufacturing, "evaporated cane juice" is considered by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be a misleading term for "sugar" on product labels because the FDA regards "juice" as a liquid derived from fruits or vegetables; the preferred term is "cane sugar".

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