Traditionally, Yacon is grown in northern and central Andes from Colombia to Northern Argentina for its sweet tasting, crisp and tuberous roots.
It is well cultivated in Tasmania, Southern Australia and New Zealand. Recently it has been introduced to Malaysia, Philippines, Czech Republic, Southern USA, Russia, Korea, Taiwan and Japan.
Yacon is also known as Bolivian sunroot, Strawberry jicama, Earth Apple
, Sweet root, Yacon Strawberry
, Yacón and Peruvian ground apple.
Particularly, Tubers have fructooligosaccharide which is an indigestible made of fructose.
Clearly, Fructooligosaccharides have sweet taste which pass unmetabolized. Through human digestive tract as it have low caloric value.
Due to its prebiotic effect, it is used by beneficial bacterial that promotes colon health and supports digestion.
In addition, it means the majority of carbohydrate sugars could not be digested by the body. In which results in low calorie level and prevent excess sugar from coming into bloodstream.
Moreoever, it assists the body increase in absorption of mineral and vitamins of all other foods.
Absolutely, Yacon has high content of calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
This are the Health Benefits:
- Diabetic treatment
- Blood pressure regulation
- Normalize cholesterol
- Assist to lose weight
- Assist digestion
- Liver problems
- Cardiovascular health
- Strong bones
- Prevention of cancer
- Enhance testosterone