Benefits of yacon root: The powerhouse Superfood
Yacon is a tuber that is grown in warm and temperate areas of the Andes Mountains. In Peru it is widely known for its crunchy texture and sweet taste.
Nowadays, yacon has gained greater value and recognition in the world, since it is considered a functional food, rich in antioxidants, polyphenols and soluble fibers with prebiotic effects.
It is also a great option for people with diabetes since -according to a study- it reduces blood glucose due to its beneficial effects on hepatic insulin sensitivity in the insulin resistant state.
On the other hand, yacon is very beneficial for those who just want to support their weight loss, as it is well known for reducing appetite.
Though Peruvian yacon is quite new to the global market, it is still considered a very beneficial and functional food with amazing health benefits that can be found in both its leaves and tubers. Actually, studies have shown that yacon contains anti-cancer, antioxidative, antidiabetic and antimicrobial properties.
As if that were not enough, this wonderful tuber has components that support the control of constipation; and promotes the absorption of calcium, helping to lower cholesterol.
“The main substances in fresh yacon roots are: water, carbohydrates, protein, and lipids. The content of carbohydrates in the dry matter of yacon roots is approximately 94%. Apart from free sugars, e.g., glucose, fructose, and sucrose, yacon roots store carbohydrates in the form of fructans, unlike most plant roots in the human diet that store carbohydrates in the form of starch”. (source)
Yacón can be confused many times with sweet potato or yucca, but it has a lighter texture and the taste is quite sweet. In addition, it can be found in different presentations such as tea, syrup, powder, capsules and even flours.
In this article we are going to name the benefits of this superfood that will improve your energy and health from the first day of consumption.
Make the most of yacon:
As mentioned above, yacon is a tuber rich in fructose, mainly inulin and fructooligosaccharides (FOS). These components are capable of supporting gastric juices, which pass through the digestive tract without being metabolized, this provides a low caloric content and therefore performs similar functions to dietary fibers, being considered a prebiotic food.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the reasons why you should consume and add it to your diet. The health benefits of this Peruvian superfood are just incredible:
- Promotes healthy blood sugar levels: Due to its hypoglycemic properties, yacon has been considered an excellent alternative for the treatment of diabetes, as it can be used as a natural sweetener. In fact, a study found that “the effects of yacon consumption on diabetes include: increased glucose absorption in peripheral tissues; decreased gluconeogenesis; improved insulin tolerance in the liver; and increased insulin secretion in the pancreas”.
- Aids lower cholesterol and triglycerides: This is due to the high content of fructooligosaccharides (FOS) or simply oligofructose found in yacon roots, which are capable of reducing the levels of LDL (the "bad" cholesterol) and triglycerides in the blood. This means that consumption of yacon also promotes liver health, as it protects it from fat accumulation so that it can function properly. Also, it supports cardiovascular health, reducing the risk of obstructions to circulation.
- Supports weight loss: Studies have shown that consuming yacon promotes weight loss and provides a feeling of fullness.
- Promotes digestion: Yacon is a plant that generally doesn’t need pesticides, which allows it to be cultivated with natural antimicrobial substances. This matters because it demonstrates the high prebiotic potential present in this superfood that is also composed of free sugars and low polymerization fructans. In short, yacon improves constipation and bowel movements, which is wonderful because it also supports gut health!
The perfect superfood
The list of wonderful benefits is endless. Yacon is definitely a mighty superfood. It’s almost perfect! This tuber has so many good things that it is even recognized for promoting bone health, since FOS reaches the colon and stimulates bifidobacteria, secondary to the absorption of some minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium. Isn’t that amazing?
In addition to that, this tuber is rich in caffeic acid, a phenolic compound that has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. That’s why yacon is deemed as an anti-cancer food. Likewise, it is wonderful for boosting the immune system, regulating blood pressure and promoting the acceleration of metabolism.
The versatility is unique
Undoubtedly, yacon has multiple properties and it’s a great alternative to include into your diet. It can be eaten in salads, raw or cooked, as a tabletop or snack. However, don’t forget that to consume it raw, it is only necessary to remove the skin.
You can find it in the form of flour, capsules, syrup and powder. Plus, the uses are infinite. The versatility of yacon is simply amazing.
For people suffering from diabetes, they can consume it fresh as fruit, or also in juices, extracts, capsules or in meals such as purees and other culinary dishes. Yacon is so pleasant that you can eat it however you want.
Why is it good to eat yacon?
This superfood from the Peruvian Andes is remarkably healthy for the body. It has a sweet and pleasant taste; perfect to add to most diets.
It is a delicious option for the whole family and it adapts to all lifestyles. You can add it in juices, smoothies, spread it as a syrup on pancakes, waffles, fruits, desserts or use it in more complex culinary preparations. It's up to you!
With our yacon syrup, for example, you can support general health and one of the most important things, promote healthy blood sugar levels! In fact, yacon is one of the superfoods that will allow you to enjoy sweet things without feeling guilty.
Our Peruvian yacon syrup is organic, fresh and 100% pure. You can consume it at any time and even share it with children! It's delicious, healthy, and so nutritious, we are sure it will become your new favorite kitchen staple.