Major Benefits

Antioxidant Activities

Antioxidants act to counter oxygen radicals which have been linked to a long list of life threatening diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and degenerative diseases suggesting potential health benefits.1,2

Caramel Coloring Replacement

Caramel has been shown to contain trace carcinogenic compounds. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) is calling on the FDA to revoke the Generally Regarded as Safe (GRAS) status of caramel coloring, an ingredient found in many foods. Caramel coloring contains 4-methylimidazole (4-MI or 4-MEI), a known animal carcinogen. Refined sugarcane molasses can be used as a replacement for caramel coloring in the food and beverage industries.

Potential Replacement for Synthetic Antioxidants as a Preservative

Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydorxytoluene (BHT) have been widely used in food application despite their suspected carcinogenic effect.3,4 Refined sugarcane molasses is a potential replacement for these compounds.

Cosmetic Applications

Compounds in the refined sugarcane molasses exhibit Tyrosinase inhibitory activities and play an important part in the cosmetic industry as they are incorporated in skin whitening creams.5


Literature Cited

(1) Chung, Y. M., Wang, H. C., et al., Antioxidant and Tyrosinase Inhibitory Constituents from a Desugared Sugar Cane Extract, a By-Product of Sugar Production. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, American Chemical Society Publication, USA, 2011, 59, 9219 – 9225.

(2) Stohs, S. J., Bagchi, D. Oxidative Mechanisms in the Toxicity of Metal Ions. Free Radical Biol. Med. 1995, 18, 321 – 336.

(3) Whysner, J., Wang, C. X., et al., Dose Response of Promotion of Butylated Hydroxyanisole in Chemically Initiated Tumors of the Rat Forestomach. Food Chem. Toxicol. 1994, 32, 215 – 222.

(4) Williams, G. M., Latropoulos, M. J. et al., Safety Assessment of Butylated Hydroxyanisole and Butylated Hydroxytoluene as Antioxidant Food Additives. Food Chem. Toxicol. 1999, 37, 1027 - 1038.

(5 ) Kobayashi, T., Vieira W. D., et al., Modulation of Melanogenic Protein Expression During the Switch from Eu to Pheomelanogenesis. J. Cell Sci. 1995, 108, 2301 – 2309.