Organic Yacon Root Powder
If Americans have organic apples, Peruvians have organic yacon. South Americans use it in food in so many varied ways much like with apples. They turn it into syrup, jam, chips, pies and a lot more. But aside from the delicious ways one can enjoy yacon, it also offers a gamut of nutrition and health benefits.
Available as: Powder; Syrup
Benefits: Gastrointestinal Health, Prebiotics Influence Immune Function, Weighy Management, Regularity
Nutrition: Fructooligosaccharides, Inulin, Phenolic compounds
Directions for use: Add 1-2 tsp to herbal tea, cacao drink, coffee or smoothies. Drizzle over plain yogurt, cereal, berries and more. Use in desserts or in salad dressings.
What is it?
Also called yacon strawberry, diet potato and yacon potato, this perennial tuber has a look similar to a potato and a taste akin to pear, apple, watermelon and celery all at once. It is juicy, with a texture that can be compared to water chestnuts.
There are several varieties of yacon—red, purple, pink, orange, red, white and yellow the most common of which is white. A native of South America, Central and Northern Andes, yacon belongs to the same family as sunflowers, Jerusalem artichokes and dahlias.
Yacon root has been grown for thousands of years because there is evidence of its existence preceding the Incas. They used it as a water source when they travel. Its cultivation appeared to have started recently—about a few decades ago.
Today, it is already well-established in Japan, South Korea, the Czech Republic and other countries. It is also grown in smaller scales in Europe, but it still continues to grow in the wild in certain parts of the Andes.
While yacon isn’t as nutrient-rich as other vegetables and fruits out there, it does offer several important yacon health benefits.
A number of research shows the inulin (a type of fructose) contained in yacon roots are helpful in controlling the blood sugar levels of those with Type II diabetes. Aside from having positive effects on hepatic insulin sensitivity in diabetics, yacon is also a great substitute sweetener. That’s because yacon contains fructooligosaccharides which can’t be digested by the body—thus, excess sugar is prevented from entering the bloodstream.
Studies show obese people who consumed at least .14 grams per kilogram of body weight of yacon syrup each day for 120 days helped reduce their weight. The same fructooligosaccharides in yacon is responsible for suppressing appetite, increasing defecation and making one feel satiated after eating. It’s the reason why yacon is called “diet potato.”
Daily consumption of yacon helps reduce low density lipoprotein (LDL) or the bad cholesterol and fasting triglyceride which, when left unchecked and untreated, could lead to heart disease.
Other health benefits of yacon include helping the body better absorb vitamins and minerals, improving digestive health, increasing sperm count, preventing fatty liver, correcting digestion problems, nurturing the immune system, remedying kidney and bladder problems, treating athlete’s foot, among others.
The quality of a yacon product depends on the kind of raw yacon roots used to make it. The kind of yacon roots produced by the plant depends on how it was raised and processed.
Yacon grows in the Andes and just as easily in other areas with a subtropical climate. Although yacon is highly resistant and can adapt easily to different climates, our yacon plants are grown in an area where it won’t find a hard to grow. This way, our crops can concentrate on producing the finest quality roots.
The soil where our yacon crops are grown are naturally fertile. It is free of any herbicides and fungicides. They have been cultivated without the help of pesticides. We have soil certification and the approval of EU organic certification bodies to prove this.
We pick only the best yacon roots to be processed. The result is an organic yacon root powder that has excellent taste which you can use it in so many ways: raw cookies, smoothies, energy bars, muffins, raviolis and other recipes.
Our organic yacon root powder is made from 100% yacon roots. We didn’t mix it with food colouring, additives, artificial flavouring or any chemicals—it’s just pure, unadulterated yacon roots.
Impact Foods can provide a consistent supply of organic yacon root powder in bulk, private label and white label. We can also deliver to any place in the UK and all throughout Europe.