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Nature’s Healthy Sweetener: Yacon Syrup

Many of us are becoming conscious about sugars and sweeteners in our diet and their effect on our body.

With so many people suffering from diabetes and other health maladies, many wonder if something that is sweet can still be good for us, low calorie, and organic?

We’re happy to report the good news that new, healthy sweetener is now available.

Yacon: Sweet & Healthy

A natural sweetener that is good for us is yacon syrup which is freshly pressed from the yacon root. It is a glucose-free sweetener and contains sugars that are complex enough to be medicinal. The syrup therefore has medicinal properties that help our immune system combat viruses and other bacteria.

However, the sugar in yacon is not so complex that the sweet taste is lost. Therefore, this magical sweetener is a sweet low calorie formula.

Low Calorie

Grown throughout the Andean region, yacon syrup has a dark brown color and is an extraordinary source of iron. Being a prebiotic, it is also a colon health food product, able to aid digestion and colon function and is recommended to those with diabetes. Since a jar of yacon syrup contains half the calories as the same-sized jar of honey, it is a naturally low calorie product.

Furthermore, yacon syrup has the effect of thinning the blood and can therefore lower blood pressure by five to ten percent. It can also help cholesterol and discourage clot formation.

Yacon Healthier Sweeteners – Yacon is a distant relative of the sunflower and its root is rich in potassium and antioxidants and is also considered the world’s richest natural source of FOS (Fructooliosaccharides).

You can learn more now aboutOrganic Yacon Syrup, a naturally healthy Low Glycemic natural sweetener.

Watch a Short Video About Yacon Syrup


Yacon Root: Nature’s Sweet Treat Without the Guilt

Yacon is rich in oligofructose (fructooligosaccharide) also known as FOS. FOS is a dietary sugar that our bodies are unable to metabolize. Since the body is unable to fully digest the sugar it is classified as a nondigestable carbohydrate. Study’s show a diet rich in FOS can help with weight management, cardiovascular diseases, prevention and the risk of cancer, and support for the control and prevention of many chronic diseases.

Alternative to High-Glycemic Sweeteners

Yacon is also quite nutritious along with beings an excellent alternative to sugar and other high glycemic carbohydrate sweet foods:

  • Traces of phosphorous (22%)
  • Glucide (11.1%)
  • Protein (0.8%)
  • Fiber (0.6%)
  • Lipids (0.6%)
  • Cellulose (0.5%)

Yacon also contains other important essential elements such as:

  • Iron
  • Calcium
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Carotene
  • Magnesium
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamins B1, B2
  • Vitamin C

Being such a nutrition rich food, yacon root studies reflect its medicinal properties which make it an excellent choice for anyone suffering from various ailments and chronic illnesses s such as:

  • Obesity
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia
  • Arthritis
  • Hypertension
  • Kidney Disease

Other types of roots also contain sugars such as the sweet potato and taro, but yacon also has the lowest calorie content. An average sweet potato contains 123 calories, a regular potato 77, taro 60. Whereas, yacon contains only 54 calories, making it an all around excellent choice.

Yacon food products are available as snacks and syrups, or the root can be eaten raw or cooked. Those who are seeking a raw food diet may find yacon root an excellent choice to add to their recipe ingredients.

Learn More About This Low Glycemic Natural Sweetener > Find High Quality Organic Yacon Syrup

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  1. I had seen in a local television show introducing the Yacon
    plant and it’s benefits. They claimed that Yacon is good for the
    heart. Is it true?

  2. Hi Teresa, Yes Yacon, also called Polymnia sanchiflora, is a plant which is believed to have originated in the Andes in South America. Currently and historically, it has been used as a food staple of the indigenous peoples and has been also used in ceremonial rituals. Only recently, it has been introduced and is experiencing a world-wide resurgence and interest as a “super food”.

    Yacon is a tuber with a delicate taste similar to an apple or a melon, and is eaten raw, dried, cooked, or juiced. It is low in calories and high in inulin, which is an oligofructose or sugar, which is not absorbed or metabolized by the body. It is high in fiber and low in fat, and has been used to regulate blood sugar levels and for diabetes. Because of these properties, it probably would be good for the heart and circulation because it is high in fiber and low in fat, but it does not, as such, currently contain any specific cardiovascular medicinal properties or qualities, unless further scientific research will prove that it does.

  3. Hi All, Thanks for your information. Could someone tell me where I can find Yacon Syrup, in WHIC Shop? Kind regards.

  4. Because of candida albicans problems, I severely restrict carbohydrates. Can anyone tell me the carbohydrate count for a teaspoon of Yacon Syrup and if it will feed the yeast in my body?

  5. annette owen-mulder

    Is Yacon syrup metabolized by the liver like alcohol or fructose?

    • Annette, your question on whether Yacon Syrup is metabolized by the liver is a wonderful question! Since Agave is, which makes it a less desirable sweetener, I can understand your concern about Yacon. To get an expert answer we asked our favorite nutritionist, Mary Toscano. She is the creator of the DVD Sweet Fire: Understanding Sugar’s Role in Your Health. We also had an opportunity to interview Mary toscano so you may enjoy learning more about her expertise in nutrition.

      Here is how she replied to your question: “Yacon is not metabolized by the liver. It is a nondigestible carbohydrate that behaves more like fiber. The FOS in Yacon Syrup do not get metabolized by the liver like regular fructose. FOS is basically small chains of fructose that are indigestible until they reach the large intestine – so they are more like fiber. In the large intestine they are broken down (fermented) by bacteria (both good and “bad”) which can sometimes cause gas and bloating.”

      Thanks again for the great question!

  6. I just started using this sweetener and I love it! I’m so tired of only having two options, poison or calories. This is an excellent addition to other great, low calorie options such as Stevia. I can’t wait until the food industry catches up and starts using this to help America fight obesity.

  7. Yacon is highly helpful for diabetic patients as it has both calorific value and sweet; but do not add to the sugar level in human. It is also called the Apple of the earth as the root is grown under the earth.

  8. I would love to use Yacon in some recipes that I have. Can you use it in baked goods?

  9. I like everything I read so far about yacon and it does taste great. However what I really want to know I have not found, which is it’s actual fructose content and the comparison to other sweeteners, say maple syrup and honey. Can you help?

  10. Hi Szy, The fructose content of Yacon is much different than most sweeteners. Its sweetness comes mostly from FOS, which makes up over 50% of the syrup. FOS stands for fructo-oligosaccharride, “a short chain of fructose molecules.” You can always consult Mary Toscano who is an expert on Nutrition and Sugars. Her video, SweetFire is so very educational. Maple Syrup and Honey are great refined sugar alternatives, but for diabetics Yacon Syrup is much safer because it will not effect glucose levels nor does it trigger the liver as most fructose based sugars do because it is a different type of fructose.

  11. Thanks for your reply. Okay so I understand that the fructose is different in Yacon syrup and it’s not bad for diabetics, but is the same as other fructose when it comes to other health concerns such as the way sugar feeds infection, cancer or cavities? And I still would really like to know how the actual fructose content compares to other sweeteners like maple syrup and honey and fruits. 

  12. P.S. Mary Toscano’s information didn’t address my questions. 

  13. Hi Szy … Here is how Mary responded to your above question:

    It’s not that the fructose is “different” — fructose is fructose. It’s just that the fructose in Yacon comes linked together in a chain (called FOS) that doesn’t get broken down by the body. FOS can be thought of as “sweet fiber” because it stays intact until it reaches the colon, where it is fermented by bacteria. The body never sees the individual fructose molecules.

    As far as the fructose content of honey, maple syrup etc, please review the sweetener section of my blog at The Mary Toscano Healthy Living Blog. You will also find this same answer to your Yacon question there, too.

    Hope this helps. I’m not sure how to explain it any simpler!

  14. I would love to find more recipes that use Yacon. I guess it pays to experiment with it a bit to figure out how much it really takes in a recipe as each person does have a different idea of how sweet something should be.

  15. I’m just learning about fructo-oligosaccharride and I see in the description above that it is high in iron and I need to know high is high? My husband is iron sensitive so needs to be careful.

    Thank you for any information.

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