Can we eat sugarcane in diabetes? Sugarcane and Diabetes

Sugarcane, which belongs to the family of grasses, is known for its sweet extract. It is also the source of sugar and jaggery that we consume as solid sweetening agents. Sugarcane and diabetes, let’s see how do they perform together.

Since, we don’t consume sugarcane as whole, this article talks about the sugarcane extract/juice.

“Best friendships are like sugarcane <3”

Nutrition

Table showing nutritional facts of 100g of sugarcane juice

Calories269
Glycemic index43
Saturated fats0g
Carbohydrates73g (73g sugar)24%
Proteins0g

Glycemic index and Glycemic load (sugarcane and diabetes)

Sugarcane is the source of white sugar that a diabetic has to keep away from. but, does that mean sugarcane juice is also something one has to keep away from? Let’s see…

The glycemic index of sugarcane is interestingly within the lower range. However, the carbohydrate content is very high at 73g and all of which is sugar.

The glycemic load with these alues should stand at 43*73/100 = 31.39 which is very very high. Although, the GI value is impressive, the glycemic load of 100g cane is not suitable for type 2 diabetics. so, to make things favorable, we need to reduce the serving size of sugar cane juice. From 100g of cane juice, we need to cut it down to 33g of sugarcane and diabetes can thus be unaffected.

Read: IS IT OK FOR DIABETICS TO EAT TOMATOES? TOMATO AND DIABETES

Micronutrients

Iron 19% of RDA | Iron has a pathogenic role to play in the development of diabetes mellitus and its complications mainly retinopathy (eye complication) and nephropathy (kidney complication).

Other: Magnesium and Calcium

Have you ever been to tall and green sugarcane fields? Do you like sugarcane juice? Can sugarcane and diabetes go hand in hand? Comment your thoughts, opinions, queries about sugarcane and diabetes below…

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Hey there, I'm a final year undergrad medical student at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Medical College (SSRMC), Mauritius.

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