AcanChia® – Yacon




AcanChia® – Yacon – Power of Minerals

The Yacon plant (Smallanthus sonchifolius) is native of the Andes and is cultivated all over South America. The plant forms big edible lumps with a high content of water and healthy nutrients. Yacon plants grown in Germany at a warm sunny climate reach a height of about 2 meters. In subtropical regions the plant can reach a height of up to 3 meters. The taste of Yacon roots is –because of the high sugar content- enjoyable sweet and can be compared to melon, pear or nashi-fruit.

The outstanding attribute of Yacon is the unit way of sugar storage. In Yacon, carbohydrates are not stored as starch but prevalently as inulin or fructooligosaccharides. These sugars cannot be digested in the human small intestine and migrate to the large intestine as fibers. Because of that, Yacon roots have probiotic properties and do not lead to an excessive rise of the blood sugar levels. Therefore Yacon is perfectly suited for people that suffer from diabetic disease. Consumption of Yacon within an inulin containing diet can help lose weight. Inulin that is present in Yacon roots has only few calories. One gram only has two calories.

Beyond that, Yacon roots contain important mineral nutrient such as ion, magnesium and potassium as well as vitamins B1, B2 and C. Due to its healthy and valuable substances, Yacon is called a “Superfood”. Yacon can be bought as dried Yacon slices.

Yacon Syrup

The juice obtained from Yacon roots is used to produce a dark colored syrup. This syrup is a healthy alternative to sugar, honey or maple syrup. Because of its low glycemic index, Yacon syrup does not lead to a strong increase in blood sugar levels.

Due to the high content of fructooligosaccharides of up to 50%, Yacon syrup has probiotic properties and a comparably low amount of calories. Nevertheless, Yacon syrup still contains the beneficial minerals and nutrients from the Yacon roots.

Yacon syrup is used as a sweetener for people that suffer from diabetes or as tasty alternative to commonly used sweeteners. Furthermore, it can be used to support diets in order to lose weight.

AcanChia® Yacon slices und Yacon syrup

  • natural sweetener
  • low glycemic index
  • rich in vitamins
  • good taste
  • vegan
  • gluten-free
  • lactose-free