More than just a sweet-tooth pleaser, FOS are known to promote mineral-absorption, regulate metabolism, and act as a prebiotic 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!
Grown in the nutrient-rich soil of the Peruvian highlands, our certified 100% Organic yacon root is carefully pressed and low-temperature dehydrated to bring you this rich, molasses-like superfood powder 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. 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-oligosaccharrides). 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 in the colon, such as bifidobacteria and lactobacillus species. 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.
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 for weight loss. According to a 2009 study, a daily supplement of Yacon 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 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.
Visit the Source:
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 or powder.