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Miyako Island’s Sugar Cane Dietary Fiber

Sugar Cane

Sugar cane

Sugar cane is famous as a base material for refined sugar.

After squeezing molasses out of sugar cane to make sugar, its fibers remain.

These fibers are too firm to eat, but through the technology of rapid drying and powdering, this sugar cane fiber can be made edible, and it is very rich in dietary fiber.

Miyako island

Miyako island is about 290 km away from the main island of Okinawa and was created by uplifting coral reefs.

miyako island

There are about 5,000 farmers in Miyako island. About 97% of them grow sugar cane, so Miyako island is an island of sugar cane.  It is not an exaggeration to say that most of the island is a giant sugar cane field.

Therefore, while it is about one eighth of the size of the main island of Okinawa, it boasts about 40% of sugar cane production in Okinawa Prefecture.

sugar cane in miyako island

Sugar cane fiber

As the name suggests, sugar cane fiber is rich in dietary fiber which accounts for about 90% of the total weight.

Iron is also 17 times more abundant in sugar cane fiber than chicken liver. It also contains functional ingredients such as ferulic acid and octacosanol.

As sugar cane is a base material of refined sugar, you might think it has a lot of sugar, but as molasses is squeezed out to make sugar, the remaining sugar content is as low as 5%.

The function of dietary fiber

Dietary fiber improves the intestinal environment by fermenting in the intestine and increasing beneficial bacteria.

Also, as solid fiber activates gut movement in the intestines, it promotes waste discharge to help detox the body.

As a result, this cleansing has an aesthetic impact on the body.

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