The yacon is a tuber mainly originating from Peru and the Andean Cordillera, and its syrup is obtained from the evaporation of the juice of the yacon root which occurs at low temperatures.
Properties of yacon syrup
Yacon syrup contains basic gods fructo-oligosaccharides, sugars from the structure particular and complex, in itself very sweet but which are not absorbed by the human body.
This imported natural sweetener, which is still little known to us, it is sold in the form of thick syrup, such as agave or maple syrup, and it is a product that does not raise blood sugar levels and has a vrelatively low caloric value, since 100 grams of product contain in fact about 290 kcal; also has very little fat, About 70 grams of carbohydrates, of which 25 of sugars, fibers and proteins.
Who is yacon syrup suitable for
It lends itself to being a ideal product for those who follow low-calorie diets or for those suffering from disorders associated with the control of the glycemic index, such as diabetes.
According to various studies, it would also be a healthy product for the intestine, as it would help beneficial bacteria present in the colon to do their job, thus also promoting the complete digestion of foods.
Consequently it would be beneficial for the immune system, having a notable anti-inflammatory action, as well as for the synthesis of cholesterol and therefore for the good functioning of the metabolism and for the control of body weight.
The forethought is however that of consult an expert in advance before use. Among the contraindications, those who have tried it rarely report the fact that it promotes intestinal motility and leads to the formation of gas.
Use of yacon syrup
Yacon syrup has a sweet taste, similar to that of figs, plums or raisins, and a thick consistency, similar to molasses. Many immediately associate it with honey; like this it can be used to sweeten cold and hot drinks, or instead of sugar or other natural sweeteners.
It is not very recommended to use it for bakery products or for the preparation of foods that require cooking above 70 ° C as many of its excellent properties would be lost.
Where to buy yacon syrup
This product is still really little known in the country; it can therefore be found easily online, well outlined in sites that market and import it, and in some shop well stocked with organic, holistic and natural things and in some herbalist's shop.
You have to check that the its production is sustainable and certified, as well as obtained through evaporation at low temperature, a guarantee of a good final product.
A 250/350 gram bottle of yacon syrup costs around 14 / 15 euro, depending on the manufacturer.
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