Yacon May Be One Of The Healthiest Sugar Alternatives
By using yacon as a sweetener, one may cut down their daily sugar intake.
Yacon , also known as Peruvian ground apple, is native to the Andean Mountains in South America. Packed with nutritional values, it has been part of the Peruvian diet for centuries. Because of its health benefits, it has been introduced to the mainstream health and wellness community as a health supplement. As a health supplement, it is available in various forms, although it is more commonly taken as syrup.
That yacon may be used as a healthy alternative to sugar is mainly rooted in its high FOS content. FOS is a natural sweetener that is responsible for around half of the sweetness of yacon. The body is not able to fully metabolize FOS, making the supplement very low on the glycemic index scale. Furthermore, FOS goes to the digestive tract in its whole form, where it works as a prebiotic or food for the healthy bacteria. As such, not only does the supplement help reduce one's sugar intake, it also promotes healthy digestive system. The supplement also contains another prebiotic, that is, inulin. Prebiotics help get rid of harmful bacteria and toxins, preventing the onset of various health problems.
Yacon syrup and other forms of yacon sweetener may be added to drinks, snacks, or dishes. The syrup may also be taken as it is and used as a weight loss aid.
"There were no negative effects. Given that yacon is high in soluble fiber (as are oats and beans), I would have expected some gassiness, but the participants did not report that problem at the 10 mg dosage level used in the study (higher doses did cause some nausea and cramps). Many participants had had constipation prior to the study, and that seemed to be relieved by the yacon, but there did not appear to be adverse digestive effects." – Dr. Neal Barnard
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