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Yacon is a root that is amazingly sweet and delicious. Yacon’s sweetness comes from fructo-olifosaccharides, which makes it a low-calorie and low-glycemic food, and thus it is great for people suffering from diabetes. Yacon has been shown to be helpful in digestion and nutrient absorption.
If you think sweet is unhealthy, Yacon Root will prove you wrong. Yacon, though deliciously sweet, is a natural dietetic and prebiotic food. It is grown in the Andes (Peru & Ecuador) for its crisp, sweet-tasting tuberous root. The texture and flavor have been described as a cross between a fresh apple and watermelon.Traditionally, Yacon has been used in South America both as food and to help control blood sugar and improve digestion.
Yacon root is considered the world’s richest natural source of fructo-oligosaccharides(FOS), a form of prebiotic fibre which passes through the digestive tract unmetabolized (meaning it is not absorbed by our bodies) but does the work of stimulating the growth of good intestinal micro-flora by feeding the probiotic(good) bacteria in our digestive system while simultaneously reducing the population of harmful bacteria such as Candida albicans. Consequently, consuming Yacon improves colon health, digestion, detoxification and our immune system.