Yacon is a distant relative of the sunflower with edible tubers and leaves. Yacon is the root plant. Its roots have high nutritional value and at the same time has low calorie. Its taste almost resembles that of an apple. Hence, yacon is referred to as the Apple of the Earth. It has got different names in different regions of the earth. It is grown mostly in the Peruvian region.
Yacon is not a seasonal plant. It can be grown on all seasons and on all days of the year. It can be grown in the home garden. The most famous product that is made from Yacon is its Syrup. Yacon Syrup could be extracted from Yacon in distilled water and 40% organic grain alcohol.
The syrup from this sweet root is raising eyebrows in the medical community and natural product world for its medicinal qualities. It contains fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which pass through the digestive track unmetabolized, providing few calories.
The sugars, however, are metabolized by the bifidobacteria in the large intestine and contribute to improved digestions and absorption of vitamins, such as B-complex. The undigested portion of yacon serves as prebiotic-food for “friendly” bacteria. Other benefits of FOS supplementation include increased production of beneficial short-chain fatty acids, such as butyrate, increased absorption of calcium and magnesium and improved elimination of toxic compounds.
Preclinical studies indicate an increase in bone density after consumption of FOS. It may help diabetics regulate and normalize glucose levels in the blood due to its FOS content. It is considered hypoglycemic and holds promise as a sweetener for diabetics and others who choose not to consume sugar.
Yacon Syrup could be used in place of sugar as you would with honey. One quarter teaspoon of Yacon Syrup is equal in sweetness to one teaspoon of sugar or honey. Use on pancakes, hot cereals and for baking. It would be delicious when added to Qat Tea.
Yacon Syrup is very popular among natural food lovers. With the possession of rich medicinal properties of this product, it is highly useful for Diabetes, Senior Citizens and Postmenopausal Women.