Yacón Root

Used In: Classic - Immune - Focus

Yacón Root is a tasty, potato like root vegetable native to the lower Andean region of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia. A relative of the sunflower and Jerusalem artichoke, yacón root stands alone in its health properties. Yacón contains important quantities of potassium and antioxidants while maintaining a high mineral content and low sugar content.

Yacón contains tryptophan, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, protocatechuic, ferulic acids. Additionally, yacón contains polyphenols with anti-oxidant activity associated with the prevention of cancer and arteriosclerosis.

While most roots store carbohydrates as starch, yacón stores carbohydrates as fructooligosacaride (FOS). FOS (40% - 70% of Yacón carbohydrates are FOS) is a short chain of fructose molecules with a natural, mildly sweet taste with very low caloric load. Yacón root is commonly used as an alternative sweetener that controls blood sugar level, proving to be successful with weight management. Other FOS benefits noted include increased absorption of calcium and magnesium, improved elimination of toxic compounds and an increase in bone density as shown in preclinical studies. Moreover, some studies indicate that FOS reduces cholesterol levels, strengthens the immune system and reduces carcinogen lesions in the colon.

After years of clinical research throughout Europe, Americas and Japan FOS production has reached a sizable scale in the mid 1990's, and is now used in many famous brands of health foods and used as a component in medicinal teas.

Yacóncan also serve as a prebiotic when the undigested portion acts as food for “friendly” bacteria, such as bifidobacteria and lactobacillus, in the colon.

5 reasons to add Yacón to your diet:

  • a sweetener that does not elevate blood glucose
  • helps reduce blood glucose levels
  • a prebiotic
  • aids in the absorption of calcium and magnesium
  • good source of potassium