WHAT THE HECK IS YACON ROOT?
Move over, artificial sweeteners. There’s a natural alternative to sugar that actually promotes healthy blood sugar. The name of this superhero? Yacon root.
The yacon root is a species of perennial daisy that grows naturally in South America and has been part of the Andean diet for hundreds of years.
This naturally sweet, naturally low-glycemic root vegetable looks like a sweet potato, but it’s much more hydrating than its starchy counterparts. “Yacon root” literally translates to “watery root” in the Incan language, and its flavor has been compared to apples, pears and watermelons.
So what makes this delicious root vegetable such a sweet superfood? The yacon root contains an indigestible fiber known as fructooligosaccharides (FOS) or inulin. FOS is a sugar that your body can’t digest, and that’s a good thing! FOS is a form of PREbiotics, the food for all those PRObiotics in your gut. Together, PRE- and PRObiotics help you digest food, absorb nutrients, and boost your immunity during the digestion process. Pretty cool, right?
Since inulin is sweet, low-glycemic, and promotes healthy digestion, it’s safe for diabetics to eat, too. Yacon root has many natural health benefits and is used to aid digestion, prevent digestive issues, reduce cholesterol, and promote a healthy weight.