Sugarcane juice is a refreshing drink enjoyed by children and adults alike, but did you know that it could be a weapon in the weight-loss war?

It probably seems counterintuitive, because sugarcane juice is made from sugar, (the clue is in the name) and we’re constantly told that sugar is the enemy. However, if we consume sugarcane juice at the right time and in the right amount, it can be a valuable tool to aid in weight loss goals.

Why not try a glass topped with ginger, mint and black rock salt?

1. It’s Fat Free

Sugarcane is naturally sweet and contains no fats, so there’s no need to add extra sweeteners to it. It’s a mix of sucrose, fructose and other glucose varieties, and an 8-ounce serving without any additives has a total of 180 calories, which is quite low for pure sugars.

2. Fibre Rich

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Dietary fiber is important for those who want to lose weight, as it helps to keep you fuller for longer. Sugarcane is high in dietary fiber, with 13 grams of fiber per serving of raw sugarcane juice. If you don’t like eating fiber-rich foods, this is a great way of drinking your fiber instead.

3. Energy Booster

A glass of sugarcane juice can restore your energy levels very quickly. This may be particularly helpful for that post-lunch lethargy, or as a recovery drink after a hard workout. It has a low glycemic index, so is recommended for diabetics.

4. Reduces Bad Cholesterol

Sugarcane juice contains no cholesterol, and could even fight against the bad cholesterol already present in the blood.

5. Gut Health

Having a healthy digestive system is linked with weight loss. Sugarcane juice can help improve bowel movements, relieve constipation, and is also linked with helping treat acidity and heartburn.

6. Fights Inflammation

Sugarcane juice contains antioxidants called polyphenols, which help to fight inflammation in the body, and inflammation can hinder your weight loss attempts.

7. Boosts Metabolism

The detoxifying properties of sugarcane juice can give a boost to the metabolism as well as destroying toxins. An efficient metabolism is helpful in burning fat.

Potential Health Risks

Although sugarcane juice is generally healthy, there can be a health risk due to the unhygienic conditions it is sometimes prepared under. There are some diseases, such as leptospirosis, that can be transmitted by raw sugarcane.

In Brazil, sugarcane juice has been linked to cases of Chagas disease because of infected bugs not being properly cleaned from the sugarcane.