The Nutrition Facts of Pure Sugar Cane Syrup

Piece of sugarcane juice
Sugar cane provides the base for pure cane syrup. (Image: bdspn/iStock/Getty Images)

If you enjoy Southern cuisine, you'll eventually come across sugar cane syrup, which adds sweetness to not only desserts but also to main dishes. Made from cooking sugar cane juice until it thickens, cane syrup isn't unlike maple syrup in texture, but it doesn't have the same flavor. Frequently consuming cane syrup might satisfy your sweet tooth, but the product is extremely high in sugar.

High in Sugar

One ounce of cane syrup contains about 75 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The serving also has 20.5 grams of carbs -- all of them sugar; 4 milligrams of calcium; 18 milligrams of potassium; and 16 milligrams of sodium. Sugar cane is essentially devoid of vitamins. Adult women and men should limit their daily sugar intake to no more than 100 and 150 calories, respectively. Consistently consuming excess sugar can lead to obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

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