An Andean root that grows at altitudes of 1000-3200 meters above sea level. This plant has a branching system that gives rise to aerial stems about 2 to 2.5 m high. Yacon yields starchy, fruit-like roots of different shapes and sizes is usually consumed raw and has a sweet taste. lts crunchy texture looks a lot like the apple.
- Toe FOS found in Yacon has the same effect in the body as soluble fiber: Helping to maintain regular bowel movements. Yacon syrup is often used to prevent constipation Yacon root contains compounds that function as prebiotics in the body, improving digestive health and treating certain types of colitis. These prebiotic properties influence the development of microflora in the digestive tract, leading to improved gastrointestinal fermentation.
- Yacon concentrate juice is low in calories (40 - 50% fewer calories than honey) which is the reason that so many people around the world have begun to use yacon so often is its anti-hyperglycemic effects. The fructooligosaccharides in yacon mean that the body does not absorb any simple sugars; in fact, it lowers the amount of glucose production in the liver and causes a shift to lower fasting glucose rates.