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.


Recommended dose

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.

Yacon root

It’s always nice to know where the food comes Superfoods mentioned, which are in the raw food scene on everyone’s lips. Today, it is therefore go to Yacón, a plant native to South America, and in other parts of the world – for example in Australia thrives.

Especially their tuberous roots be used, but also the sheets, such as in the manufacture of blood sugar-lowering beverages.

Yacón is primarily known as a syrup or beet syrup that can be used such as agave nectar.
But is also very interesting use of whole root slices that you can eat fresh or dried. In the form of root slices or powder made from them Yacón has, among other a lot of fiber. The carbohydrates of Yacón are mainly in the form of inulin, which does not cause blood sugar fluctuations, but for example bifidobacteria in the gut serves as a food, thereby Yacón can use to improve the intestinal flora. Calcium, magnesium and some vitamins are better absorbed in the presence of Yacón. And another good news is that the sugar does not attack the teeth in Yacón.
The fresh root slices taste like a mix of pear, apple and watermelon, are slightly sweeter than bulb and can be used well in salads or smoothies. The powder of the dried tubers makes, for example, in cereals or sweet preparations very good. For this purpose, you can very well use the beet syrup, which is a concentrated sweetener with melasseartigem taste and like all concentrated substances should be used with caution. Too much sweet foods obtained the dependence of sweet taste and cause you take too little food to be supplying us with all the other nutrients that we need for our health.

Moreover, one need no pesticides for the cultivation of Yacón, since both the leaves and the roots supernatural protection mechanisms have. ). In the roots of Yacón potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, sodium, iron, as well as some essential vitamins (B1, B2, C) are included. As with the agave is called the filtered raw juice beet syrup, the heat-treated product syrup.


According to our understanding Yacon Root syrup is seen as preparation of Yacon and food law judge like this. Thus, the resulting juice prepared as the root itself does not fall as traditionally used in South America for a long time food under the Novel Food Regulation. However, for a legally binding information please contact the official control of foodstuffs, especially if you want to trade with Yacon itself. Since the consumer centers do not perform consulting provider, you can go to in this case to the BVL or BmEL.

If you post your question as a consumer, we would still add the following: Yacon Root syrup and similar products are usually sold as dietary supplements via the Internet. Often it is advertised with dubious statements about weight-reducing effects and other health effects. We would like to point out that this kind of dietary supplements gone through any approval process. Since manufacturers usually sit abroad, they evade inspection by the official control of foodstuffs: the actual composition of the products remains unclear, as is possible undesirable side effects. Complaints are also very difficult for a foreign company headquarters.