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Published May 18th 2019
Update September 9th 2019
Dr Cane - Sugarcane Juice is no longer trading at Epping Plaza.
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Sugar cane juice: the new kid in town
After kombucha, coconut water, and celery juice, here's perhaps the super juice we've all been waiting for. Dr. Cane in Epping Plaza offers cold-pressed sugar cane juice. It is truly refreshing and picks you up in a second.
Then there is the heavier version with vegetables such as beetroot, kale, spinach, and celery.
It is also available in smoothie form mixed with almond milk, banana, and peanut butter. Then, of course, you can go crazy with your own concoctions using two veggies and two fruits of your own choice. As extras, you can add, lemon, ginger, lime/ginger, and kumquat orange for an additional 50c.
Sugarcane juice Vs.refined sugar
Now the sugar in sugar cane is a bit of a nightmare situation if you are trying to avoid sugar in your diet. So off I went to get enlightened. Apparently, sugarcane juice has been a staple in traditional cultures and imbibed with no side-effects to speak of, unless you chugged a whole potful of the stuff without pausing for breath. It's all the refining and processing that makes it a little less toxic than say arsenic perhaps?
Seriously though, the juice of an organically grown cane is said to contain calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium, and potassium. It's also bursting with antioxidants and high fibre, unlike refined sugar that has none. It has a low glycaemic index as well and that's all good news. Sugar cane is the natural product, which is processed to form molasses, a rich syrup of the darkest brown and retaining all the nutrients.
This is refined further to form brown sugar. And the refining goes on till we're satisfied that it is the purest white possible and pretty to look at. Of course, in the process, all the nutrients are taken out and what's left is the toxic sweet stuff. Now the sugar cane juice takes us back to the source once again and hey presto! We're imbibing all the nutrients which our bodies can't get enough of. Well done, Dr. Cane.
Now having given sugar cane juice its due, let me tell you what really made me fall in love with Dr. Cane. They use biodegradable cups. There is a world of difference between this plant-based material and plastic which is derived from fossil-fuel. And look at the straws! Paper straws! No single use plastic in sight.
All of that and perfectly priced. You can buy your sugarcane juice in regular, large, or bottle sizes for $5.95, $6.95, and $13.70 respectively. Extras cost 50c. I didn't mind one bit. All that nutrition, freshness, and sustainable to boot; I was one happy customer. You'll find this compact little shop in Epping Plaza on your way to the food court next to the Aldi exit. If you came in via the escalator from the carpark, it's on the way to Gosleme Co, which is another great destination foodwise.