Our love affair with raw sugarcane grass

October 07, 2015

If you are familiar with our drinks you will know that we are big fans of cold pressing raw sugarcane grass due to it’s abundant mineral and vitamin content.

We’ve found it interesting to witness the occasional shocked reaction when we speak of our use of cold pressing sugarcane in our drinks.

Sugar is sugar, right?

Well actually, no. Our beloved super hero cane GRASS shouldn’t be confused with the refined sugar you find in sweets, sodas, cakes and in most highly processed food.

Through a unique juicing method and the use of innovative technology, Botanic Lab is the first company in the UK to produce an extended shelf life drink containing raw sugarcane.

 Sugarcane is a powerful plant

Sugarcane is a tall perennial grass with a stout, jointed and fibrous stalk that looks similar to bamboo.  As a member of the grass family, its juice has a high potency equivalent to wheatgrass juice, only with less chlorophyll and more sugar content.  However, counter to what you might think, sugarcane juice contains only about fifteen percent total sugar content, all of which is in a raw unrefined form. 

 When consumed as a "whole package," the polyphenols (powerful phytonutrients with the qualities of antioxidants) in sugarcane juice work in harmony with the vitamins, minerals, and other cofactors to slow down the absorption of its sugars into the bloodstream, resulting in a very low glycemic index (the effect a carbohydrate has on blood glucose levels), which keeps the body's metabolism healthy and helps maintain a healthy body weight.

To give you a comparison, the glycaemic index of refined sugar is 64, compared to raw sugar cane which has a glycaemic index of  30 to 40 (nearly half that of refined sugar) depending on the soil in which it is grown.

Refined sugar on the other hand is a man made extract which bears very little resemblance to sugarcane grass. By boiling the juice and evaporating the water, the refinement process removes all of the goodness of the plant leaving behind pure man made sucrose. Common forms of man made sugar include granulated sugar, evaporated cane juice, xylitol, glucose syrup, dextrose, brown rice syrup, agave nectar, coconut or palm sugar – these are all just sugar without the plant.

Raw cane juice isn’t to be confused with the refined, bleached and crystalised “usual suspect” we call table sugar.It has naturally occurring sucrose (that comes with its nutritious cofactors) that is metabolized by the stomach, relieving the pancreas of the need for all that insulin to break it down and make in to useful energy.

So there you have it; sugarcane is a nourishing plant and should not be confused with the ubiquitous sweet white stuff. 

At Botanic Lab we pride ourselves on using cutting edge technology to bring you the best tasting most premium nutrition possible from our favoured plants and botanicals.  Raw sugar cane grass is no exception.