The health benefits of yacon include its ability to regulate blood sugar levels, lower the LDL, or “bad” cholesterol levels in your body, help with weight loss, lower blood pressure, improve the health of the liver, prevent certain types of cancer and cancerous growths, and improve digestive health. With an extremely low score on the glycemic index, half the calories of sugar and a high concentration of indigestible dietary fiber, yacon is a great alternative to processed white sugar for people with diabetes and those looking to reduce sugar consumption.
Yacon syrup is a natural sweetening agent that may be extracted from the tuberous roots of the yacon plant. This plant is indigenous to the Andes Mountains located in South America. The edible part of the yacon plant and the source of its syrup is its cluster of tubers or storage roots - up to a dozen of the most mature plants. The syrup has a molasses-like dark brown coloring and consistency, and it tastes similar to sweet molasses or caramelized brown sugar. Yacon syrup and powder are most commonly used as healthy replacements for sugar as sweeteners in different recipes. Yacon root may also be eaten raw, like jicama, or sliced thinly and tossed in salads or sauteed.
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