(NaturalNews) Most people are familiar with processed cane sugar, but very few people in first-world countries have ever seen or consumed raw, unprocessed cane juice, which is actually quite healthy.
To show people what raw cane juice looks like (and how it's processed), Mike Adams (the Health Ranger) visited a Jugo de Cana roadside stand in Ecuador and filmed the making of the cane juice. The video is available on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mf5Wytd2zn8
It shows the use of a diesel engine to power a large, belt-driven cane juicing machine. Raw sugar cane stalks are fed into the machine, which produces the juice that's served directly to customers -- nothing added, nothing taken out.
Some Americans and first-world citizens are appalled at the video, expressing grave concern for health standards, the use of child labor and other elements shown in the video. In response to such concerns, Adams says, "Silly gringos. People who have never traveled the world have no idea how most of the world actually lives, and they even seem offended by it."
The children in the video, Adams explains, are the family members who help run the family business. "Virtually all businesses in rural South America are family-run operations. These cultures have strong family ties, unlike in North America where parents send their children off to daycare to let somebody else raise them."
And the health concerns of an open-air juicing operation? "The world is not a sterile place," says Adams. "When you eat the fresh, raw fruits and juices of South America, you attain a remarkably strong immune system that allows you to eat a little dirt, drink a little bacteria and ingest a few germs without any ill effects."
North Americans are fanatically preoccupied with antibacterial soaps, antibiotics and other dangerous chemicals that actually breed superbugs which are far more dangerous than the natural, "in the wild" germs found in South American foods and beverages, says Adams.
Raw cane sugar is rich in vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and even living enzymes. It is green in color and rich in taste. Cane is actually a type of perennial grass. You can read the fascinating history of sugar cane harvesting and processing on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugarcane
It is important to note that while raw, fresh sugar cane juice is quite healthy, the processed, bleached and nutrient-depleted white sugar made from it is quite devastating to human health.
In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.
With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource now featuring over 10 million scientific studies.