If you have never heard of the yacon, it’s time to get to know this plant, especially if you are diagnosed with diabetes. You should know that this plant is originally from the Andes, which contains a special sugar, still sweeter than glucose, but caused no problems in diabetics because it does not raise blood sugar.
This sugar, inulin and oligofructose is selected from the group of fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), these are low in calories, ideal for low-calorie diet and diabetes.
The fact that they are very low in calories, they are recognized as non-digestible fiber and prebiotic food, they act very beneficial to health and help to reduce the amount of blood fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides.
It is worth noting, however, that some studies have shown that consumption of yacon a hypoglycemic effect has been shown in clinically healthy subjects. This would mean that the yacon contains an agent that significantly decreases blood sugar levels after meals. This would be good news for diabetes, but there is still more research that is certified to be 100%.
It is true that if you are a diabetic, you can control the disease by eating Yacon, instead of using other sugars. In this case, yacon root syrup, for example, a good option to avoid increasing their blood sugar. It is necessary to carefully read the instructions that information from their suppliers of yacon tea, this should be made on the basis of leaves of this plant, and not from the root or tuber.
To combat diabetes as an alternative to adjuvant, about 300 g of fresh yacon should be consumed, which means consume 66 grams of fructose inulin.
Yacon is found in almost all world markets, especially in the Andes it is processed, the representation of pancake syrup on soft drinks, jam, cereal, pudding and raisins. There are also Yacon capsules, but in tobacco consumption, they should exercise care as in the tea, read them even if they are made from the leaves, roots and tubers, and a reliable and guaranteed provider.
About the plant
Yacon is a perennial plant that 1.5 to 3 m tall with dark green leaves similar to celery grows. Each plant produces 4 to 20 large, fleshy root tubers.
Yacon is a member of the sunflower family and as it grows in warm, temperate valleys of the Andes, it can be found at altitudes up to 3200 meters. She is originally from the lower regions of the Andes and the cloud forests of South America and can be found in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and Colombia. It is now widely grown for its edible roots in the Andes in South America and has been exported to Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand, the Czech Republic, and even the United States as a novel edible root crop.