Yacon Syrup and Yacon Root - The Healthy Sweetener

Yacon Syrup

Yacon Syrup

What is Yacon Syrup?

Yacon syrup is a delicious sweetener that is extracted from yacon roots.  Scientists and health conscious eaters are excited about the properties of yacon because it has very few calories and low sugar levels making it suitable for diabetics, dieters, people with candida overgrowth and those who want to avoid sugar.

What is a Yacon Root?

yacon syrup

yacon root

Yacon is a sweet tasting root vegetable or tuber that has been grown in the Andes of Peru for thousands of years. Yacon syrup is extracted from the yacon roots. Yacon has a pleasant slightly sweet flavour and crispy texture that has been compared to apples and watermelons.  Yacon has been been eaten traditionally by rural people who eat it as a refreshing snack.  Yacon roots contain mostly water and a special type of healthy sugar called Fructooligosacharides (FOS).  This special type of  sugar is not digested by the body and therefore yacon does not elevate blood glucose levels making it safe for diabetics and weight watchers.

Yacon’s Health Benefits

The sugar in yacon root and syrup consists primiarly of fructooligosacharides (FOS).  These sugars are not digested by the body and therefore yacon is great for calorie reduced and low sugar diets.

FOS is also a prebiotic which helps create a healthy bacterial probiotic environment in the gut.  FOS also contains fiber which helps to prevent constipation and keeps the colon functioning well.  FOS has also been shown in animal studies to:

  • Promote calcium absorption
  • Reduce cholesterol levels
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Reduces cancerous lesions in the colon
Yacon roots and leaves are high in polyphenols.  Polyphenols are a type of anti-oxidant that has been shown useful in the prevention of cancer and heart disease.
Yacon leaf, which is also high in polyphenols, has traditionally been used in South America as an aid for diabetes.  Studies have shown yacon leaf to reduce blood glucose levels in diabetic and non-diabetic rats.
Yacon syrup has important glyconutrients and antioxidants that are also beneficial for human health.

 

Yacon’s Scientific Details

Member of the sunflower family – Compositae or Asteraceae.

Scientific name is Smallanthus sonchifoliu and has previously been recognized as Polymnia sonchifolia or Polymnia edulis.



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