Yacon originated in the Andes and has been enjoyed by South Americans for several centuries. It is related to the Jerusalem artichoke and sunflowers. The edible tubers contain a type of carbohydrate called fructooligosaccharides (FOSs), which have a low glycemic index and calorie value. Because the sugar in yacon is mostly FOS, it is low in calories and is a good sweetener for use by dieters and diabetics.
Yacon also helps the body increase its vitamin and mineral absorption of all other foods, while itself being rich in antioxidants, potassium, calcium, and phosphorous.
Yacon Root Powder is a delicious sweetener, that is used to avoid a spike in blood sugar levels. Organic Yacon powder is a rich, golden powder with a flavour similar to molasses or caramelised sugar, and only a fraction of the calories when compared to regular sugar.
Known health benefits of Yacon include the reduction of blood sugar levels, blood pressure, cholesterol, aiding in digestion, enhancing absorption of calcium and magnesium, improved elimination of toxins and sources say it may reduce the risk of colon cancer.
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