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    Yacón syrup, pressed from the roots, has a sweet flavor, and is used as an alternative glucose free sweetener and prebiotic with few calories.

    The yacón root, from Peru is a distant relative of the sunflower. It grows in the warm, temperate Andean valleys at elevations below 3,500 m. It's delicious edible tubers, which are sweet and low in calories, hold a variety of benefits. It has a mild sweet flavour and an unusual moist, crunchy texture slightly reminiscent of fresh-picked apple, pineapple and watermelon.

    The unique market potential for yacón is as a dietetic fiber due to its unique carbohydrate composition. Most other roots and tubers store carbohydrates as starch – a polymer of glucose; yacón stores carbohydrate as fructooligosacaride (FOS) – a polymer composed mainly of fructose.

    Dried yacón root contains 50-70% 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, a marketing strength for dieters and diabetics. It provides few calories 15-20Kcal/100g, whereas bread typically contains around 50Kcal/100g.

    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 inulin can increase the number of these friendly bacteria in the colon while simultaneously reducing the population of harmful bacteria.

    And lastly Yacón provides an excellent balance of 20 essential amino acids. It has one of the highest levels of potassium found in any plant, and high levels of calcium, magnesium, iron, and phosphorus.

    Brand - Honest to Goodness

    Country of Origin - Peru

    Suggested Serving

    1 tbsp. of Yacon syrup is an amazing alternative to cane sugar and goes great in desserts, smoothies, sauces, dressings, and cereals.

    Nutritional Information  

    Serving Size 10g Per 100g
    Energy  12.80kj 1280kj
    Protein 0 0
    Fat 0 0
      saturated  0 0
    Carbohydrates 8.1g 81g
      sugars 6.1g 61g