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Dehydrated SugarCane Juice (Panela), Is It More Nutritious Than Sugar?

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Dehydrated SugarCane Juice, ( Panela, Jaggery), is far more complex than Sugar, as it is made up of long chains of sucrose. Hence, it is digested slower than sugar and releases energy slowly and not spontaneously. This provides energy for a longer time and is not harmful to the body.  Although it's important to clarify that this does not certify it fit for consumption by diabetics because ultimately it is sugar.
Raw  Sugar Cane     
Dehydrated  SugarCane juice(Panela)
Dehydrated SugarCane Juice also called Rapadura, Piloncillo, Panela or Jaggery, contains more nutrients than Refined sugar because of its molasses content.

Molasses is a nutritious by-product of the sugar making process, which is usually removed when making refined sugar.



Photo by Jonathan Wilkins



The exact nutrition profile of the Dehydrated  Sugarcane juice sweetener can vary, depending on the type of plant used to make it (cane or palm). Sunny Fresco uses Organic SugarCane grown in Colombia.

According to one study, 100 grams (half a cup) of Panela(jaggery), may contain :

  • Calories: 383.
  • Sucrose: 65–85 grams.
  • Fructose and glucose: 10–15 grams.
  • Protein: 0.4 grams.
  • Fat: 0.1 grams.
  • Iron: 11 mg, or 61% of the RDI.
  • Magnesium: 70-90 mg, or about 20% of the RDI.
  • Potassium: 1050 mg, or 30% of the RDI.
  • Manganese: 0.2–0.5 mg, or 10–20% of the RDI.


However, keep in mind that this is a 100-gram (3.5-oz) serving, which is much higher than you would generally eat at once. You'd probably consume closer to a tablespoon (20 grams) or teaspoon (7 grams).

So next time you're in the market and are looking for healthier and more nutritious options when it comes to sweeteners, try Guandolo Soda Pop made in Queens, NY with Organic Dehydrated Sugarcane juice imported from Colombia.





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