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Discovering Yacon!

Filed Under: Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
YaconYou may have not ever heard of it but yacon is a health booster item you may want to consider adding to your diet. This South American root looks like a sweet potato or a yucca root but it has actually a sweet taste, more like an apple. Yacon has a slight molasses flavor, although it is not as sweet but this fruitlike tuberous root is made into a mildly sweet syrup that has a lower glycemic index than traditional sugars

Yacon has been enjoyed for its health boosting properties in South American cultures for thousands of years as it contains inulin, which promotes healthy probiotics. The syrup is extracted from yacon roots that have been washed, peeled, double filtered, and flash pasteurized to preserve the nutrients.

Yacon is high in fructooligosaccharides (FOS) which can satisfy sweet tooth cravings without spiking blood sugar levels and contributing to empty caloric intake. Yacon syrup contains half the calories of sugar and promotes the production of healthy bacterial colonies in the digestive system, which can contribute to better absorption of nutrients.

The sugars in Yacon are mainly fructooligosaccharides, which are not processed and stored by the liver and do not cause an insulin surge. Yacon is both naturally low-calorie and low in mono and disaccharides  with less than 1 gram per serving of the sugars that rapidly elevate blood sugar levels. Yacon root syrup has little influence on the glucose tolerance curve and is dramatically less glycemic than honey, agave, or maple syrup.

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