Sugarcane, the tall, sturdy jointed, with fibrous stalk, rich in sugar sucrose is one quintessential component of Sankranti or Pongal celebrations across the country. Placing long stalks of sugarcane at the main door is considered auspicious in Indian households as it signifies sweetness and happiness during festivities.
This money-yielding crop is a powerhouse of nutrients, vitamins and its byproducts like sugar, jaggery, brown sugar, rock sugar are must-have ingredients in any Indian kitchen.
Sugarcane is loaded with water and heaped with saccharose sugar that accounts for its sweetness. It is a rich source of carbohydrates, essential amino acids, vitamins C, B1, B2, B6 and minerals including calcium, phosphorus, iron, succinic , fumaric, malic and citric acids, all of which are crucial nutrients that are vital for good health.
Fuels Immune System
The goodness of essential nutrients, chlorophyll, and antioxidants in sugar cane are beneficial in boosting the immune system. It shields the body against infection and prevents the formation of cancer cells. In addition, sugarcane helps to detoxify the body and revamps all organs in the body including eyes and brain.
Prevents Tooth Decay
Sugarcane is a wonderful food loaded with minerals that can combat tooth decay and ward off the bad breath. The richness of minerals and other essential acids in sugarcane is beneficial in strengthening the gums. Having a piece of sugarcane after a meal serves as a delicious dessert.
Sugarcane is heaped with a myriad of antioxidants, flavonoids and phenolic substances. It possesses strong anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral properties that shield you from catching a cold, flu, and sore throat. Furthermore, drinking a glass of sugar cane juice serves as an effective remedy for jaundice and keep you energized throughout the day.
Flushes Kidney Stones
Sugarcane is an amazing hydrating food that is loaded with water, hydrates your body and helps in eliminating kidney stones. As dehydration is the major cause of kidney stone formation, drinking sugarcane juice for longer duration can prevent kidney stones and remove smaller ones.
The goodness of Alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) in sugarcane is beneficial in keeping the skin look supple and healthy. Sugarcane functions as an effective antiaging mask that moisturizes the skin and prevents acne. Applying sugarcane juice regularly makes your skin look radiant and glowing.
So, this Pongal indulge in sugarcane guilt-free for your health and well-being.