Our Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) Syrup is sourced from naturally grown organic Yacon fields in the country of Peru. We use the HIGHEST quality Yacon plant to make a premium pure syrup formula.
Yacon syrup has shown to remains low in calories and low on the glycemic index scale. This is due to the fact that the sugar contains high levels of oligofructose (inulin), a form of sugar that is not metabolized readily by the human body. For this reason, Yacon is ideal for diabetics and acts as a great alternative to conventional low calorie sweeteners.
True to its name, Yacon Root, also known as Smallanthus sonchifolius, is a tuberous root that resembles a sweet potato or a yam. It can grow up to a full kilogram (2.2 pounds) when fully mature and like many root vegetables; its composition is mainly water and carbohydrates. However, what sets it apart is the type of carbohydrate contained in Yacon Root. The carbohydrate contained within Yacon Root is called Fructooligosaccharides (FOS), the most interesting compound to us that is also known as Inulin, which has been shown in a myriad of scientific studies to have positive health benefits.
Fructooligosaccharides is a starch found in many kinds of plant species that have edible roots, but Yacon Root seems to have the highest known concentration of it. This, in combination of the known health benefits of FOS makes Yacon Root a very valuable resource for creating an FOS health supplement.
The likes of Dr Oz have touted the health benefits of FOS and Inulin for its positive effects on the digestive system and the gastrointestinal tract. It is a wonderful prebiotic, meaning that it helps to improve the function of the healthy bacteria contained within the intestines. The Japanese have been using FOS as a sweetener alternative for years and have even labelled FOS as a ‘highly functional food.
Because of the proven health benefits of FOS, and with Yacon Root being the highest source of FOS, it is logical to conclude that Yacon Syrup is an excellent health supplement of FOS for health benefits for your digestion and beyond.
How To Take This Effectively?
Studies have shown greatest benefits to health by consuming one tablespoon of Yacon Syrup before every meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner).
Posted by Frank Thierer on 30th Mar 2014
I'd had other Yacon syrup from here. The label had 1000 on it. It was DELICIOUS, when I received my next batch I opened the bottle and took a swig. I almost spit it out. That sure wasn't the other Yacon Syurp I had previous. TERRIBLE!!!
Posted by Steven C. Eddy (Amazon Reveiwer) on 22nd Jan 2014
I've always worried about excess sugar consumption and have tried all manner of artificial sweeteners, from saccharin and beyond. They either leave an aftertaste or they're not sweet enough, and I end up going back to sugar.
This excellent product has changed all that, for me at least. I find it to be the perfect addition to coffee, and I even use it on my beloved big-biscuit shredded wheat and on oatmeal.
Nice packaging, insanely quick shipping, a good deal!
Posted by Karen F. Zaverton (Amazon Reviewer) on 21st Jan 2014
This Syrup tastes great! It's sweet and thick and yummy! I've been using it for about a week and have put it in tea and coffee as well as straight from the bottle. I feel better and really like that it's made in the USA in a FDA approved facility. I would definitely recommend this to others!!!!
Posted by Jennifer Tolin (Amazon Reviewer) on 17th Jan 2014
Yacon Syrup is a natural sweetener derived from the roots of the Yacon plant in Peru. I use it in my morning coffee instead of raw sugar or refined cane sugar, which is a bit too sweet for my taste. The benefits of switching to the Yacon Syrup have been immediate and noticeable! The consistency of the syrup can be a bit off putting at first because it looks like a rather thick, chocolate syrup. However, do not be fooled into thinking this will taste like sludge! It is mellow, subtle and makes swapping your favorite sweetener an easy process. Unlike other sweeteners, Yacon syrup has been shown to lower blood pressure and to boost metabolism while providing a healthy dose of fiber and antioxidants into a daily diet. I have also added it to my hot tea in the evenings with rave reviews from my taste buds! I absolutely recommend this raw, organic sweetener for anyone out there who is looking to keep the taste and cut the negative, empty calories and harmful side-effects of refined sugar products. One last positive note to add is the benefit from the prebiotics that are present in Yacon syrup. This product absolutely promotes a healthy digestive system as far as I am concerned... no upset tummy at all!
Posted by Renee Jackson (Amazon Reviewer) on 17th Jan 2014
5 star rating is well deserved. There is no after taste and you do not have to use a large quantity to sweeten cereals, drinks, etc.. I have used syrup to bake, as well. I have substituted Yacon Syrup and served to friends and family and they love it too!
Posted by Carol Nelson (Amazon Reviewer) on 17th Jan 2014
This product has really assisted me in balancing out my sugar The taste is great wonderful in coffee or just having it plain.
Posted by Michele Taylor (Amazon Reviewer) on 15th Jan 2014
Really enjoyed the taste.it is suppose to help crave your sweet tooth.i finished the whole bottle and i have to say that it did not do anything to help my craving for sweets to go away.i would buy it all the time but it would get quite costly taking it three times a day.
Posted by Brandi Wright (Amazon Reviewer) on 15th Jan 2014
The syrup is tasty but the price is very high for the amount you get; however, I was unable to find it less any where else.
Posted by Kathie Sucidlo (Amazon Reviewer) on 14th Jan 2014
I ordered Life and Food’s Yacon Syrup as part of my New Year’s get fit plan. It’s an all natural sweetener that is also supposed to help with digestion, increase metabolism, and add fiber to the diet…all good. The flavor is similar to molasses, so I’m thinking it may be a little strong for some uses, but it should be good in hot cereals, on pancakes or French toast, or in hot tea. It was a little more expensive than some of the alternative low-glycemic sweeteners, but I like that it is all natural and only has 13 calories per teaspoon.
Posted by Nicholas Hill (Amazon Reviewer) on 13th Jan 2014
Combined with moderate exercise and healthy food choices I lost 45 pounds of fat since I added it to my diet a year ago. The syrup has a glycemic index of 1 and is described in my book "Naturally Sweet and Healthy - Cook and Bake Without Sugar or Artificial Sweeteners." I love this gift from nature and would recommend it to anyone.