Can adding kumquats to sugarcane juice reduce sugar content?

April 30, 2024 | 05:00 pm PT
Many people frequently add kumquats to sugarcane juice to lessen its sweetness. But does this method actually reduce the sugar content of the sugarcane juice? (Hong, 30, Hanoi)


It is common to mix kumquats with sugarcane juice by pressing them together, primarily to enhance the drink’s flavor. The tartness of kumquats serves to offset the intense sweetness of the sugarcane juice, making it more palatable.

There are two main methods for incorporating kumquats into sugarcane juice. The preferred method involves pressing the kumquats directly with the sugarcane in the juicer. This technique ensures that the kumquat juice blends seamlessly with the sugarcane juice, offering the fastest preparation.

Alternatively, the sugarcane juice and ice can be poured into a glass after the sugarcane has been pressed. Then, kumquats are sliced, deseeded, and their juice is squeezed into the sugarcane juice. This approach prevents the bitterness that might arise from directly squeezing the kumquat peel into the juice. It is crucial to monitor the amount of kumquat juice added to the glass to keep the juice from becoming overly tart.

Sugarcane and a glass of sugarcane juice. Illustration photo by Pexels

Sugarcane and a glass of sugarcane juice. Illustration photo by Pexels

However, while adding kumquats diminishes the perceived sweetness of the beverage, it does not actually reduce the sugar content. 100 ml of sugarcane juice typically contains 20 g of sugar. Adding kumquats or ice may increase the volume of the drink but does not alter the sugar concentration.

As such, it is advised not to consume excessive amounts of sugarcane juice, even though it is refreshing. Adults should limit their intake to two glasses (300 ml) of sugarcane juice daily to maintain an appropriate level of sugar consumption. It is important to remember that other sources also contribute to daily sugar intake, raising the risk of excessive sugar consumption significantly. Excess sugar intake also heightens the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes.

Additionally, if sugarcane juice is consumed immediately after pressing, it should be combined with kumquats at that time. However, if it is not being consumed immediately, it is advised to avoid adding kumquats during pressing, as they may cause the juice to spoil more quickly. Also, it is not recommended to consume sugarcane juice immediately before or after meals.

Dr. Nguyen Duy Thinh

Hanoi University of Science and Technology’s Institute of Food Technology and Biotechnology

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