Yacon Syrup

Yacon Syrup is a natural sweetener from South America. It is made from the Yacon tuber which grows in Peru. It can also be grown in other parts of the world with similar climates. The sweet part of the plant is the root and it contains Fructo- oligosaccharides, a type of soluble fiber.

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It is sometimes called the Peruvian Ground Apple. The root can be sliced and eaten raw. It tastes a bit like an apple but is sweeter. The tuber is ground down to extract the juice which is then heated to reduce the moisture content. The syrup has a very nice caramel taste and is about half as sweet as honey or maple syrup.

The Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) sugars in Yacon are not fully digested. The body treats them as soluble fiber and they pass into the gut where they provide beneficial bulk helping the movement of waste through the intestine. In addition they promote the fermentation of beneficial bacteria in the gut. Consequently they provide only about one third the calories of sugar. Another great benefit is an almost zero glycemic index, making it suitable for diabetics. Tests have also shown other benefits including regulation of blood sugar and insulin levels and improvement in cholestoral levels.

Because it is a prebiotic and causes fermentation in the gut it can also cause gas and bloating. This is usually harmless, nevertheless care should be taken to avoid excessive consumption. Over time the body will adapt and greater amount can be consumed without side effects.

It comes from the Yacon tuber from the Andes in Peru. This is ground down to extract the juice. The moisture is evaporated to produce the syrup. In order to qualify as a raw sweetener the temperature during production must not exceed approx 40 degrees centigrade.

Sold As:
It is sold in health stores as Yacon Syrup or Yacon Nectar.

Interesting facts:
Yacon can be safely eaten raw, unlike some other tubers (Potatoes) which must be cooked. Consequently the Yacon Syrup can be described as raw provided a low temperature is used to evaporate the moisture.

It is probably the only truly raw, organic, natural, low calorie, and low glycemic sweetener available.

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Conclusions and Summary:
Amazing natural sweetener with unique properties. It is a prebiotic and contains useful soluble fiber. However because of the fiber content excessive consumption should be avoided. (The same applies to wheat bran!) It is suitable, or even beneficial, for diabetics and it is harmless to teeth. It is a low calorie, low glycemic, natural sweetener with beneficial properties. It has not yet caught on in the western world but it should become very popular in the future as it's qualities become more widely known.

Name Calories / Gram Sweetness Index Glycemic Index Calories / Spoon-Equiv
Yacon Syrup 1.5 0.5 1 10

Taste: -------- Good
Aftertaste: ---- No
Concerns: ----- Generally no - see here.

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