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 increase blood glucose more gradually.
Yacon syrup is quite similar to caramel or molasses in taste and works well in added to teas or desserts.
Possible benefits of Yacon Syrup
1. Sugar substitute
Yacon is 1 on the Glycemic index scale. People with diabetes would be glad to know that they can use an alternative sweetener. Those who cannot do without sweetener in their daily tea or coffee can use yacon syrup as a substitute. Suggested use is about 1/2 tsp per cup of tea or coffee. Always be aware of the carb & sugar contents while using. If you are prone to diabetes, try a very small amount (1/2 tsp) per day and see if this works for you.
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.
3. Can help menopausal women.
Yacon syrup is a good source of fructooligosaccharides and its long-term consumption produced beneficial health effects on obese premenopausal women with insulin resistance.
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.