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How Do I Choose the Best Sugar Cane Juice?

Stalks of sugar cane.
Sugar cane growns in tropical and sub-tropical regions around the world.
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Sugar cane juice has been extracted from a sugar cane, usually through a pressing process. To choose the best, you need to decide if you want fresh or canned, and if you want it to have any other added flavors, such as ginger or lime. Ensuring it does not have any added preservatives or artificial sweeteners preserves the health benefits of pure sugar cane juice, which unlike processed sugar, is safe for diabetics.

This juice is popular in several countries that grow sugar as a crop, including many Asian, African and South American countries. It is often easier to find if you live in one of those countries, particularly if you are looking for sugar cane juice that is fresh. Many larger cities that have a large proportion of immigrants from other countries might also have vendors who sell fresh sugar cane juice.

Fresh varieties are most often available from vendors and restaurants, although they might be difficult to find if you live in a smaller or mid-size city in a country that does not grow sugar. If you are unsure of where to look, checking online restaurant guides or contacting restaurants or stores that you think might sell them can be a good place to start. Other online resources can include chat rooms or websites that discuss the activities and products available in your city or town.

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Canned varieties are available in a variety of places, as well as online. Several companies produce canned sugar cane juice and export it all over the world. Specialty stores or stores that sell products from Africa, Asia or South America often have sugar cane juice in canned form. If you purchase canned juice, ensure that you read the label to see if there are any extra flavors added, such as ginger or lemon, or extra ingredients, such as processed sugar.

If you want to be sure that you have the freshest juice possible, purchase a raw stalk of sugar cane and drink the juice directly from the cane using a straw. If you want more juice than a stalk can provide, purchasing a sugar cane juicer is an option. Although not as common as citrus or vegetable juicer, sugar cane juicers are available in specialty stores and online.

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