Sugarcane Juice or Ganne ka ras is the follow up to watermelon juice. The best thing about Summer is the assorted drinks and mangoes. Chilled sugarcane Juice or ‘Ganne ka ras’ is one such drink that makes summer worthwhile. The dog days are here and Vijayawada is living up to its moniker of Blazewada! The temperature has already hit the 40 degree Celsius mark (104F). It will touch 50 degrees in May! Summer seems to be back with a vengeance this year and I actually wilt in this heat. We have only two seasons here; summer and extreme summer! Extreme summers in South India lead to heat strokes and bouts of dehydration and there is only one summer drink that can help you overcome the scorching heat and make it bearable; sugarcane juice. I have decided that I will have a glass of sugarcane juice every single day this summer. Try it and you will also enjoy the freshness and bounteous benefits of sugarcane juice.
I remember those fulfilled days of my childhood; we used to drive down to the beach during the summer vacations and the route ran through a small city which had a sugar factory. From the car, we would pull out sugarcane from the carts moving towards the factory. The frivolous thrill of sinking your teeth into literally forbidden fruit is unparalleled.
Why I drink sugarcane juice?
The summer heat saps my energy and when I gulp down a glass of sugarcane juice it gives me an instant boost of energy.
When I am dehydrated, sugarcane juice is the ideal drink to replenish lost electrolytes and water.
Sugarcane has no fats and is in fact, a 100% natural drink as even the sugar content is natural and not refined.
Another reason for me to drink sugarcane juice is that India is one of the leading producers of sugarcane in the world.
A glass of fresh sugarcane juice has about 13% sugar content in total. Thie means that it has less sugar than a glass of apple juice or orange juice and surely much less sugar than most soft drinks.
As sugarcane juice has natural sugars and it brings down the bad cholesterol levels in the body, it helps in reducing weight. It is high in soluble fibre which aids in shedding weight. Believe me!!
For me, the beauty benefits of sugarcane are equally important as the health and dietary. Cane juice is an elixir for the skin. It helps reduce acne and also diminishes the blemishes, prevents ageing and keeps the skin hydrated. Glycolic acid is part of the group of active compounds known as AHA’s and is derived from cane sugar. Having the smallest molecules in the group they penetrate the skin deeply and easily. It is the most effective way to treat wrinkles, acne, blackheads, dullness, and oiliness. So the next time you find a pimple on your face, don’t panic, just apply some sugarcane juice to it or add it to your favourite mask or face pack. Instead of going for the expensive glycolic chemical peels choose to go natural.
How many of you like those smelly and weird tasting mouthwashes? I hate them and I have found that the tasty sugarcane juice helps fight bad breath and other common mouth infections.
Cane juice helps in fighting various types of cancer such as prostate and breast cancer. Sugarcane juice is alkaline in nature thus helps prevent diseases like cancer that cannot survive in an alkaline atmosphere.
For someone like me with a delicate tummy, cane juice helps in keeping my digestive system in good shape, prevents stomach infections and keeps my bowels active.
Everybody has the misconception (I too did until recently) that sugarcane is bad for diabetics but the reverse is true! Sugarcane has glucose but also has a low glycemic index than refined sugar, thus making it the perfect energy drink for diabetics. Believe me, it is safe and gives them essential amounts of sugar. If you are a diabetic, then you don’t have to control your sweet craving, sip on a glass of sugarcane juice without any fear. But please get the go-ahead from your physician before you drink it.
Sugarcane juice vendors can be found in most of the busy lanes of the city. They use low moving manual rollers to press the cane to get the juice. These rollers physically press the cane stalks to get the juice. This method helps retain more nutrients when compared with high-speed juicers. In the sweltering heat, the heavy metal roller crushes out the juice into a bowl. As cane juice is saccharine sweet, the vendor places slices of lime, ginger and mint leaves on the cane and this makes the juice more palatable. The juice is then poured into a glass and is extremely refreshing and delicious with the squeeze of lime, the tangy ginger and the fresh mint adding to its flavour. They whip up a froth and they pour the juice over crushed ice. As kids, we would giggle at each other when the foam would line the upper lip like a moustache and then slurp it up.
Why don’t you share your favourite Summer Drinks#2-Sugarcane Juice or Ganne ka ras, below?