Origin – About the product
It is also known as Peruvian ground apple. Traditionally it grows in the northern and central Andes. Yacon was unknown to the major cities on Peru, until early 2000 when the Japanese press reports their properties, such as anti-hyperglycemic, which made the crop widely known in Peruvian cities. Yacon syrup and tea, as well as leaves have become very popular among dieters and people with diabetics.
Yacon (yacón) is a plant belonging to the Asteraceae family. Its roots have a pleasant sweet taste and are eaten as a fruit by the Andean people. In several areas of Bolivia and Peru, it is customary to eat yacon to alleviate gastrointestinal problems and for the treatment of diabetes. These properties are strongly linked to an active principle found in high concentrations in their roots, fructooligosaccharides (FOS). Yacon is also consumed by the belief that it prevents aging due to the fact that yacon is a rich source of antioxidant compounds.
Health benefits: prevent certain type of cancer, strengthen the immune system, reduce bad cholesterol, and keep blood pressure under normal values.
Loss of weight and improvement in the digestive system has also been observed.
The most important health benefit is to regulate blood sugar levels. Yacon syrup has been called as a superfood for diabetics.
Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are a special type of carbohydrates physiologically behave as soluble fiber and promote the growth of Bifidobacterium, ie bacteria constituting the intestinal portion beneficial colonic microflora. Yacon syrup has the following properties:
- Promotes better health of colon and gastrointestinal tract
- Source of soluble fiber. It can be used as a supplement to cover the recommended fiber consumption demand (= 25 g / day). Furthermore, it can be used in high doses (> 40 g / day) as a laxative.
- Low caloric content. Since the FOS have a quarter of the caloric value of the common sugars, caloric intake of yacon syrup in the diet is much lower than other similar products, such as honey and cane syrups, fructose, maple , among
- Several clinical studies indicate that consumption of FOS helps reduce cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood and improve the assimilation of calcium in bones, also has evidence that consumption helps strengthen the immune system and reduces the risk of colon cancer.
Uses – Usage
Yacon can be used in fruit salads, also roasted or baked into chips and pies. Teas help reduce blood sugar. Syrup usually goes with fruit salads and can be use also a sweetener with low calories.
Yacon syrup can be used as an input in the food industry to fortify food (energy bars, yogurt, beverages, evaporated milk, etc.). It can also be used directly in home to sweeten foods (juices, desserts, pancakes, etc). It is recommended not to exceed a consumption of 40 g / day as it can generate a laxative effect.
Packing and product Presentations
- Presentation is in syrup and powder.
- Packaging is according to client needs.