6th Apr 2014

Yacon Powder & Yacon Syrup

Yacon is a natural low-calorie sweetener that is well known for being a natural prebiotic, which means it stimulates good bacteria in the digestive system and boosts the body’s immune system. Yacon can be comparable to the taste of molasses or raisins. It’s a super friendly sweetener to diabetics and people looking to reduce their sugar intake. Yacon is an excellent source of minerals including potassium, calcium, phosphorous and iron, as well as 20 amino acids. Yacon has proven useful in preventing and treating the following conditions: acne, colon disease, constipation, diabetes, low immune system, obesity, osteoporosis and more. Yacon comes in both syrup and powder form. Yacon syrup is great for our digestive system and great for detoxification. Besides being naturally low-caloric, yacon syrup does not raise blood glucose levels despite its sweetness; its glycemic index is surprisingly a low of < 1.

Yacon syrup is mainly composed of carbohydrates (65 to 70%), water (25%), proteins (1-2%), potassium (1%) and fat (less than 0.1%). The fiber content is equivalent to the percentage of FOS present in the syrup.

Dried yacon root powder contains 50-70% (dry basis) 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 only a few calories. 

Both yacon syrup and yacon powder are vegan, raw and low on the glycemic index. Their main difference is the form that they come in, yacon powder is a dry powder and yacon syrup is a liquid. Both yacon syrup and yacon powder can be used in a variety of recipes including baked goods, soups, sauces, smoothies and more. Depending on your preferred use, both yacon powder and yacon syrup have incredible health benefits.