There are two by-products of sugar cane in the process of sugar production with huge yield, one is bagasse and the other is sugar cane sugar paste. Bagasse accounts for about 25% of the total, and molasses contains a large amount of sugar and a variety of nutrients, and is also used as animal feed, which has the advantages of fast digestion and absorption, improved palatability, and improved particle quality. Sugarcane molasses contains a large amount of polyphenols, which have strong free radical scavenging ability and antioxidant activity. Similar to other plant polyphenols, sugarcane polyphenols are also a potential functional component that helps to improve a variety of chronic diseases and has high application value in the fields of medicine, food and health food.
"Polyphenols" are a class of biologically active natural substances widely found in plants such as fruits, vegetables or grains, each containing a specific type of polyphenol, known as the PP "fingerprint". Polyphenols have been used around the world for decades and are widely recognized for their functions, including free radical scavenging, antioxidant, anti-aging; anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory; cardiovascular protection; pigmentation lightening, skin whitening; skin elasticity maintenance, wrinkle reduction; PMS relief; immune system enhancement, anti-tumor, cancer prevention and other effects.
Sugarcane polyphenols are increasingly being used as an ingredient with antioxidant and GI-lowering properties in food supplements, foods, beverages for diabetics, as well as in skin care and cosmetics.
According to the introduction, the global market scale of low glycemic health food is over trillion, and the market demand for low glycemic health food is huge. Low glycemic index (low GI) food digestion slow, long stay in the gastrointestinal, less impact on postprandial blood sugar, the need for insulin correspondingly reduced, can prevent both high blood sugar can also prevent hypoglycemia, can help diabetics stabilize postprandial blood sugar; and easy to produce a sense of satiety, can help the body burn fat, very suitable for weight control people to eat.
Sugarcane polyphenols have powerful free radical scavenging ability and antioxidant activity, which can ameliorate the harm of various chronic diseases caused by free radicals. The results of CAA cellular antioxidant test show that sugarcane polyphenols have good ability to penetrate cellular membrane and maintain high biological activity in human cells, which can scavenge free radicals in cells. Sugarcane polyphenols can effectively activate Nrf2 (a transcription factor with redox sensitivity) to stimulate the transcription of antioxidant enzymes, which helps to scavenge reactive oxygen species and reduce oxidative stress.
2. Lower the glycemic index (GI).
The principle of low glycemic is to use the sugar cane polyphenols it contains to extend the digestion time of sucrose from about 1 hour to 3 hours, and glycogen is in an unsaturated state, so it is not easy to gain weight; for type 2 diabetic patients, it can repair the pancreas and liver and improve the ability of glycogen regulation to stabilize blood sugar.
Sugarcane polyphenols can inhibit the activity of pro-inflammatory cytokines, directly block the activation of NF-KB, and help improve human immunity by scavenging reactive oxygen species to thereby reduce the inflammatory response.