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Beware of Sugarcane Juice This Summer! 🌞

As temperatures soar to unprecedented levels, reaching above 48°C in states like Delhi and Rajasthan, staying hydrated is more crucial than ever. However, doctors are cautioning against consuming sugarcane juice during this time. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has declared that drinking sugarcane juice in the summer can be harmful to health.

During the summer, juice stalls pop up everywhere, and sugarcane juice is a favorite. Despite its popularity and refreshing taste, ICMR warns that it poses health risks. While it may provide temporary relief from the heat, it can increase the risk of diseases once ingested.

ICMR recommends limiting the intake of sugarcane juice. They also advise against consuming excessive amounts of cold fruit juices, cold drinks, tea, and coffee. Sugarcane juice contains a high amount of sugar; studies show that 100 ml of sugarcane juice contains 13 to 15 grams of sugar. For adults, consuming more than 30 grams of sugar daily is harmful, and for children aged 7 to 10 years, more than 24 grams is risky.

For diabetic patients, sugarcane juice is particularly dangerous due to its high sugar content. The body requires more water to digest the sugar, which can lead to dehydration. Sugary beverages increase calorie intake, contributing to weight gain and making it difficult to manage conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

ICMR also advises consuming fruit juices in moderation and avoiding added sugar. Instead, eating whole fruits is more beneficial as they contain fiber and other nutrients. Additionally, it's recommended to reduce the intake of tea and coffee, although small amounts are not harmful.