If you’ve tried fresh squeezed cane juice before, you may love it as much as I do. Fresh cane juice was all I drank during my month-long visit in Laos many years ago. Its sweet and mild grassy flavor was so delicious and revitalizing under the hot tropical sun — it was my go-to beverage. However, it has been so long since I’ve had raw cane juice like I did in my parents’ native country, so when I found out about the Raw Cane Super Juice Bar here in LA, I knew I had to get some pronto! I’ve been waiting for a chance to drive out to Hollywood, which is where the bar is at, but we haven’t had the time, and driving in the traffic deterred us from driving all that way just for juice. Luckily, I came across the juice in the freezer aisle of our local organic store, Erewhon. Excited, I bought it right away and will continue to load up on this before we leave LA for good.
What makes Raw Cane Super Juice Bar different is that their cane juice is really raw. Their cane is organic and family-farmed right here in California. And this company really believes in their raw quality, keeping their juice unrefined. In order to have the super juice a diabetic and candida friendly pure grass, instead of a refined sugar, they harvest each cane stalk one cut at a time and roller press it individually without applying pressure or heat to preserve the living parts of the juice.
Sugar Cane 101
Sugar cane is in the grass family, sister to bamboo and wheatgrass, and is nutrient-dense. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, complete profile of essential amino acids, and is low glycemic. Cane juice is also alkaline to the body, and studies have shown it to be high in polyphenols, which are powerful phytonutrients with antioxidant qualities.
Refined Sugar vs Complex Sugar
With simple sugars (manmade, refined sugars), the body tries to convert the sugar into something it can process, like glucose, but without the helper nutrients found in plants. This is bad because the pancreas forces out insulin to metabolize the influx of unbuffered glucose in the bloodstream and the usable part of glucose gets burned off quickly, while the residual waste is “cleaned out” by the liver. Too much of this is stress on the liver, which can cause fatty deposits that lead to fatty liver disease.
On the other hand, naturally occurring polysaccharides and oligosaccharides are complex, intact sugars that are unaltered from their natural state. These complex sugars are what our bodies need for sustained energy; it does not deplete us or leave toxic residuals inside of us. In this particular case, cane sugar juice is sucrose (part fructose, part glucose) — sugar in its whole unaltered form — that is naturally occurring and metabolized by the stomach, relieving the pancreas of the need for insulin to break it down and make in to useful energy. Whole, complex sugars from fruit and plant sources, such as cane sugar, should not be compared to refined sugar and be mistaken as something that is “bad” for us.
Raw Cane Juice Super Juice Nutritional Content
In just one serving of sugar cane juice, you get the following:
If you’re in LA, pay these guys a visit for some nutritious and tasty cane sugar juice. If you’re traveling in Southeast Asia somewhere, take advantage of the super cheap prices there for the fresh pressed juice and drink up!