100% Organic Yacon Syrup is the ultimate low-glycemic sweetener & daily health-boost!
Unlike sugar, honey, or even agave, this natural nectar won't spike blood-sugar. Yacon Syrup gets its low-calorie, low-carb sweetness from FOS (fructooligosaccharides), a type of dietary fiber that tastes sweet but doesn't affect blood-sugar levels.
More than just a sweet-tooth pleaser, FOS is known to promote mineral-absorption and act as a "pre-biotic" by stimulating growth of friendly intestinal flora.
Yes, instead of a "pro-biotic" Yacon Syurp is a "pre-biotic," but you can just call it a healthy-digestion booster!
There's also strong evidence suggesting Yacon has an ability to enhance metabolism, aid in satiety, and support weight loss.
Grown in the nutrient-rich soil of the Peruvian highlands, 100% Organic certified Yacon roots are carefully pressed and low-temperature dehydrated to create a rich, molasses-like superfood syrup without any chemicals or additives, the way nature intended — as Essential Living Food!
Health Benefits of Yacón
Few sweeteners combine the taste, nutrition and health benefits you find in Yacón syrup.
Experts believe that Yacon is the world’s richest natural source of FOS (Fructo-Oligo-Saccharrides). Most other roots and tubers store carbohydrates as starch – a polymer of glucose. But Yacon stores carbohydrate as FOS – a polymer composed mainly of fructose.
Dried yacon root powder contains 50-70% (dry basis) FOS and a low proportion of simple sugars (e.g., glucose, fructose and sucrose). The human body has no enzyme to break down FOS, so it passes through the digestive tract un-metabolized, providing very few calories or net carbs. This makes Yacón ideal for anyone concerned with managing healthy blood sugar levels.
Minerals & Vitamins
- excellent quantities of potassium
- some calcium and magnesium
- moderate amount of antioxidants (including vitamins A, C and E)
Yacón also acts as a "pre-biotic" (instead of a "pro-biotic"). The un-digested portion of yacón serves as food for friendly bacteria in the colon such as bifidobacteria and lactobacillus species. Clinical studies have shown that administering FOS or Inulin (a longer-chain saccharide) can increase the number of friendly bacteria in the colon while simultaneously reducing the population of harmful bacteria.
Metabolism & Health
Other benefits noted with FOS supplementation include increased absorption of calcium and magnesium, and improved elimination of toxic compounds. Preclinical studies indicate an increase in bone density after consumption of FOS. In addition, the beneficial effects of FOS on the presence of bifidobacteria suggest an improved absorption of vitamins (such as the B complexes) and minerals (like calcium).
Most recently, Doctor Oz has come out as a big supporter of Yacon Syrup for weight loss. According to a 2009 study, a daily supplement of Yacon Syrup significantly improved overall body weight and insulin balance. The good doctor repeated the same experiment with volunteers from his show, who all experienced dramatic results.
Many of these benefits are likely due to the "rebalancing" effect of Yacon Syrup on the colon's beneficial bacteria. We've all heard about the benefits of pro-biotics on overall health and immunity, and this area of research is continuing to evolve rapidly.
How Yacón Syrup Is Made
Our 100% Organic Yacon comes from highlands in Peru, a very pure region with incredibly nutrient-rich soil. Only the finest roots are selected for processing into syrup. First, the roots are harvested, washed, crushed and milled. All raw juices are squeezed out and then captured in tanks. At this point, the Yacon juice is also sent through mechanical filters to remove any fiber particles. Next, the Yacón juice is spilled into a vacuum evaporator to remove any excess water. This evaporation process transforms it into a thick, dark syrup. It takes 14 pounds of fresh Yacón roots to make one pound of syrup!