What Exactly is Yacon Syrup?
This product is primarily used as a natural sweetener, and is extracted from the Yacon plant. The tuberous roots are where the syrup is actually found, and they are indigenous in Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru. Yacon is considered one of the most preferred natural sweetener because it contains about 50% FOS or Fructooligosacharides, which do not in any way increase blood glucose levels (a fact that diabetics should be aware of).
Fructooligosaccharides also increase calcium absorption in the body, an important consideration for pre- and post-menopausal women, ages 45 and older, who are losing critical bone mass that increases their risk for osteoporosis and bone fractures.
Yacon syrup is quite similar to caramel or molasses in taste and works well in added to teas or desserts.
Benefits of Yacon Syrup
1. Reduces Obesity & Insulin Resistance
The consumption of yacon syrup helps to increase defecation frequency and satiety sensation. Overall, the study found that yacon syrup is a good source of fructooligosaccharides and its long-term consumption produced beneficial health effects on obese premenopausal women with insulin resistance. Thus, consuming yacon syrup works as a natural way to treat obesity along with intermittent fasting.
2. Sugar substitute
Yacon is 1 on the Glycemic index scale. People battling diabetes would be glad to know that they can use an alternative sweetener that is just as sweet as sugar sans the negative effects. Those who cannot do without sweetener in their daily tea or coffee can use yacon syrup as a substitute, which not only addresses one’s sweet tooth but also can help reduce glucose levels in the blood. In the same way, Yacon has properties that combat high cholesterol with regular use.
3. Improves Digestion & Immunity
The prebiotic properties of Yacon syrup make it an excellent ingredient for improved digestion and immunity. The prebiotic nature of the fructooligosaccharides in yacon syrup help stimulate selectively the growth of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli (two friendly bacteria) in the gut and, thereby, increase the body’s digestive process as well as its natural resistance to invading pathogens, improves resistance to infections and decreasing allergic reactions.