Yacon Syrup

Yacon Syrup (Smallanthus sonchifolius)
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Yacon syrup is raising eyebrows in the health community and natural products world for its amazing health-promoting qualities and appealing taste. Use as a replacement for your traditional sweeteners and enjoy all the benefits Yacon syrup has to offer.

History of Yacon
Traditionally grown in the Andes Mountains at around 2000 meters above sea level, Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) has been used for centuries by the inhabitants of Peru. Ancient Incas used it for its nutritional properties. The first recorded reference of Yacon dates back to 1615 when it was included on a list of 55 native crops of the Andes.

What is Yacon
While sometimes referred to as the Peruvian ground apple, Yacon is actually a distant relative of the sunflower. Reaching heights of 5-7’ tall, both the leaves and tubers are edible. Traditionally the leaves were made into tea while the tubers were sliced and eaten raw. The syrup, derived from the roots, is used as a replacement for common sugars.

What does it look and taste like?
Yacon is a thick, sticky syrup ranging in color from a light amber to a darker brown. Pleasantly sweet, it is similar in taste to a light molasses or real maple syrup.

How do I use it?
Yacon Syrup can be used in place of other sweeteners. ¼ tsp of Yacon syrup is equal to 1 tsp of sugar or honey. It can be used in smoothies, oatmeal, or over pancakes or waffles. Use in baking to replace molasses, maple syrup, honey or agave. Wonderful addition to salad dressings, marinades and other sauces.

What is the Glycemic Index?
The glycemic index is a measure of how quickly a specified amount of food will cause a rise in the blood sugar (glucose) level. Numbers typically range from 1 to 100. Foods with higher index values raise blood sugar more rapidly than foods with lower glycemic index values do.

Here is a comparison of some of the common liquid-form sweeteners:

Sweetener                                         GI Ranking
Sucrose (ordinary sugar for reference)….65
Yacon Syrup…………………………………………….1
Agave…………………………………………………….15
Brown Rice Syrup………………………………….25
Cane Juice……………………………………………..43
Honey……………………………………………………50
Maple Syrup………………………………………….54
Blackstrap Molasses……………………………..55

Yacon syrup scores best in the Glycemic Index for sweeteners that are sugar based because it derives its sweetness from fructooligosaccharides (FOS).

What is FOS?
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are short chain sugars that pass through the body’s digestive tract as soluble fiber, without being absorbed or metabolized. A lower caloric count results from this process. FOS provides only about 1/3 of the calories as sugar (sucrose).
The undigested portion of the FOS serves as a prebiotic providing nutrition for “good” bacteria found in the gut such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus.

Our Yacon Syrup contains 20-30% FOS.

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