Yacon Syrup, by Sunfood
Imagine a certified organic, low-calorie sweetener that doesn't raise your blood sugar and supports immunity and healthy digestion. Here comes Nature's healthiest sweetener, Yacon Syrup!
Though packed with sweetness, the sugar in Yacon is mainly fructooligosaccharide, which cannot be absorbed by the body. This means Yacon is both naturally low-calorie and low in mono and disaccharides (less than 1 gram per serving of the sugars that rapidly elevate blood sugar levels). Yacon root syrup has little influence on the glucose tolerance curve and is dramatically less glycemic than honey, agave, or maple syrup.
Yacon is a distant relative of the sunflower with edible tubers and leaves. It is commonly grown and consumed from Columbia to northwest Argentina. Yacon roots contain important quantities of potassium and antioxidants.
Because of its sweet taste, Yacon roots are eaten like fruit in South America. The Yacon root is considered the world's richest natural source of FOS (Fructo-oligosaccharides). Yacon has very little effect on glucose levels, while the other sweeteners show a significant rise in glucose levels and a slow decline back to normal.
Tests were conducted at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos in Peru in July 2004 to test how Yacon syrup affected blood glucose levels. The participants were 60 non-diabetic men and women between the ages of 20 and 60. Each group fasted for at least eight hours before ingesting the different sweeteners. Three groups were given different samples of Yacon, one group was given bees honey, another group was given maple syrup, and the last was given anhydrous glucose. The group ingesting Yacon syrup had hardly any difference from before and after. The results showed that Yacon had very little effect on glucose levels, while the other sweeteners showed a significant rise in glucose levels and a slow decline back to normal.
More on How Yacon Syrup Works:
Our Yacon syrup contains approximately 30% FOS and low proportions of simple sugars (e.g., glucose, fructose, and sucrose). The human body has no enzyme to hydrolyze FOS, so (even though it tastes sweet) it passes through the digestive tract unmetabolized, providing few calories. Yacon also acts as a prebiotic. The undigested portion of Yacon serves as food for "friendly" bacteria, such as Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus species, in the small intestines and the colon. Clinical studies have shown that administering FOS can increase the number of these friendly bacteria in the colon while simultaneously reducing the population of harmful bacteria. Other benefits noted with FOS supplementation include increased production of beneficial short-chain fatty acids such as butyrate, increased absorption of calcium and magnesium, and improved elimination of toxic compounds. Preclinical studies indicate an increase in bone density after consumption of FOS. In addition, the beneficial effects of FOS on the presence of Bifidobacterium suggest an improved absorption of vitamins, such as those in the B complex.
*Note: Our yacon syrup is processed at 140 degrees.
Our Yacon syrup has the following properties and benefits:
1. Helps regulate friendly intestinal flora, especially improves the growth of bifidobacterium
2. Helps to reduces constipation
3. Helps to reduce the risk of developing colon cancer
4. Improves calcium and magnesium absorption, helping to strengthen the bones
5. Improves vitamin absorption, especially for B Vitamins
6. Helps manage cholesterol, triglycerides, and fat metabolism in general
7. Boosts the immune system in a way similar to aloe vera
8. Contains glyconutrients
9. Ideal for low-calorie and weight-loss diets
10. Ideal for low-sugar diets
11. Ideal for cancer-fighting diets
12. Non-cariogenic (does not cause cavities)
13. Contains superfood-level antioxidants
14. Standardized to 30% FOS (fructo-oligosaccharides)
15. Rich in antioxidants
16. Helps reduce symptoms of blood sugar disorders (hypoglycemia, diabetes type 2, etc.)
Use Yacon Root Syrup as you would honey, agave, stevia, or maple syrup on foods, in recipes and to sweeten beverages.
Note: Must be refrigerated after opening!
Certified Organic Yacon Syrup in two sizes!
Coconut Almond Delight Cookies
1&1/3 cup coconut oil liquid form or (1c coconut oil + 1/3c butter)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract
1/3 cup crushed raw almonds
1& ½ cup Coconut Flour
½ cup rice flour or additional coconut flour
1T Agave Inulin/Stevia Mix *
1T Yacon syrup *
1T alcohol free Vanilla Liquid Stevia *
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Preheat oven to 350. Blend Oil, extracts, Yacon* syrup, and Liquid Vanilla Stevia*. Add flour and Agave Inulin*/Stevia* mix until well blended. Stir in the coconut and almonds. Roll into 1 inch balls and place on a baking sheet. Bake for 6-12min until light brown on top. Take out of oven and let cool. They will be very crumbly so be careful when transferring balls to a cooling tray or plate.
Can be stored in the refrigerator up to 1 week. Freeze additional delights and enjoy.
Makes about 48 cookies approx. 80cal per delight.