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 Sugar Cane

It is healthy for even diabetetics to eat sugarcane, molasses and jageery, but not white sugar.

Indian Ayurvedic medicine considers jaggery to be beneficial in treating throat and lung infections. Sahu and Saxena (1994) have found that jaggery can prevent lung damage from particulate matter such as coal and silica dust in rats. However, there are no reports available in the literature on cytoprotective abilities of jaggery and other sugars and their comparative evaluation


Cytoprotective and antioxidant activity studies of jaggery sugar

Research new on Health benefits of raw-sugar. 

Iron deificient anemia and raw sugar

 2017 Sep 3;14(5):589-598. doi: 10.1080/19390211.2016.1269145. Epub 2017 Jan 26.

Sugarcane Molasses - A Potential Dietary Supplement in the Management of Iron Deficiency Anemia.

Phytochemical profile of sugarcane and its potential health aspects.  Refinedsugar is the primary product of sugarcane juice, but during its processing, various other valuable products are also obtained in an unrefined form, such as, brown sugar, molasses, and jaggery. Sugarcane juice is widely used in India in the treatment of jaundice, hemorrhage, dysuria, anuria, and other urinary diseases. Herein, we have summarized the different phytoconstituents and health benefits of sugarcane and its valuable products. 

Total antioxidant content of alternatives to refined sugar.

Comparative investigation of sugar composition, furfural derivatives and mutagenicity of molasses produced by conventional and modern techniques

Antioxidants and other functional extracts from sugarcane

Antioxidant Activities of a Tricin Acylated Glycoside from Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum) Juice

Anti-oxidant activity in sugarcane juice and its protective role against radiation induced DNA damage

Phenolic composition and antioxidant activity of culms and sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum L.) products

The Effects of Ingestion of Sugarcane Juice and Commercial Sports Drinks on Cycling Performance of Athletes in Comparison to Plain Water

Immunostimulating effects of the polyphenol-rich fraction of sugar cane (Saccharum officinarum L.) extract in chickens.

The interest in polyphenols, including flavonoids and phenolic acids, has considerably increased in recent years because of their possible role in the prevention of oxidative stress induced diseases such as cardiovascular complications, diabetes, ulcers and cancer (Halliwell, 2007; Repetto & Llesuy, 2002; Sachidanandam, Fagan, & Ergul 2005; Shah, Baliga, Rajapurkar, & Fonseca, 2007). Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum) contains phenolic compounds (Fontaniella et al., 2003) and these compounds have also been found in sugar products such as syrup or molasses and in brown sugar (Palla, 1982).

However, the presence of these phytochemicals in sugarcane juice is often undesirable, as they influence the quality and colour of final product sugar and hence these phytochemicals are removed through various purification procedures in the sugar industry. Jaggery and brown sugar are the least processed sugars containing polyphenols. The brown sugar was also known to possess ABTS [2,20 -azinobis (3-ethylbenzothiazoline-6-sulfonic acid) and DPPH (2,2-diphenyl-1-picrylhydrazyl) radical scavenging activity (Payet, Cheong Sing, & Smadja, 2005; Takara, Matsui, Wada, Ichiba, & Nakasone, 2002).

White and refined sugars undergo extensive purification procedures for the removal of phenolic compounds. The bioactivity of these sugars can be anticipated, as they contain phytochemicals to different extent depending on their manufacturing process. Jaggery is the main source of sugar in rural India and has been considered by many Ayurveda practitioners as a wholesome sugar.


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Polyphenol extracts from dried sugarcane inhibit inflammatory mediators in an in vitro colon cancer model

Sugarcane-derived polyphenols decrease diet-induced obesity

Therefore, red sugarcane
may be more suitable for the production of nutraceuticals with
antioxidant activities.

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