Probiotic Sweetener with Low Glycemic Index! Yacon is a distant relative of the sunflower with edible tubers and leaves. The syrup from this sweet root is raising eyebrows in the medical community and natural product world for its medicinal qualities. It contains fructooligosaccharides (FOS),
which pass through the digestive track unmetabolized, providing few calories. The sugars, however, are metabolized by the bifidobacteria in the large intestine and contribute to improved digestions and absorption of vitamins, such as B-complex. The undigested portion of yacon serves as prebiotic-food for 'friendly' bacteria.
Other benefits of 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. It may help diabetics regulate and normalize glucose levels in the blood due to its FOS content. It is considered hypoglycemic and holds promise as a sweetener for diabetics and others who choose not to consume sugar.
The lovely Yacon plant is related to the sunflower and produces a very sweet edible tuber rich in beneficial nutrients. Touted by health professionals for it's high level of naturally occurring FOS! Use Yacon syrup any way you would use honey, maple syrup or molasses. Our Yacon syrup is Organically grown and Kosher certified.
Traditional Ethnobotanical InformationThis delicious root crop has been grown in the Andes by the Inca and their descendants