Get ready for the ultimate low-glycemic sweetener! Unlike sugar, honey, and even agave syrup, this natural nectar won't spike blood sugar levels. Yacon's sweetness comes from low-calorie, low-carb FOS (fructooligosaccharides) that taste sweet but won’t affect blood sugar levels. FOS can’t be digested and absorbed into the body, so they don’t have the effect on metabolism that other sweeteners do. More than just a sweet-tooth pleaser, FOS are known to promote vitamin absorption, regulate metabolism and act as a prebiotic by stimulating growth of friendly intestinal flora.
Grown in the nutrient-rich soil of the Peruvian highlands, our certified organic yacon root is delicately fresh-pressed and dehydrated to bring you this rich, molasses-like superfood syrup the way nature intended - as Essential Living Food!
How Yacón Syrup Is Made
Our Yacón 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.
This product is created in a state-of-the-art, USDA/NOP certified facility that handles no chemicals or contaminants.
Health Benefits of Yacón
Few sweeteners combine the taste, nutrition and health benefits you find in Yacón syrup. It delivers excellent quantities of potassium and adds some calcium and magnesium as well. Yacon also offers a moderate amount of antioxidants—including vitamins A, C and E. Experts believe that Yacon is also the world’s richest natural source of FOS (Fructo-oliosaccharrides). 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.
Most roots and tubers store carbohydrates as starch – a polymer of glucose; yacon stores carbohydrates as fructooligosacaride (FOS) – a polymer composed mainly of fructose. Dried yacon root powder contains 50-70% (dry basis) FOS and low proportion of simple sugars (e.g., glucose, fructose and sucrose). The human body has no enzyme to hydrolyze FOS, so it passes through the digestive tract unmetabolized, providing few calories and few net carbs. This makes Yacón ideal for anyone concerned with managing healthy blood sugar levels.
Yacón also acts as a prebiotic. The undigested portion of yacón serves as food for “friendly” bacteria, such as bifidobacteria and lactobacillus species, in the colon. Clinical studies have shown that administering FOS (also referred to as inulin) can increase the number of these friendly bacteria in the colon while simultaneously reducing the population of harmful bacteria.
Other benefits noted with FOS supplementation include increased production of beneficial short-chain fatty acids such as butyrate, 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).
And unlike most Stevia, xylitol and Lo han, our Yacón is certified organic.