What is Yacon?
Yacon comes from the Smallanthus sonchifolius plant which is a native to plant to South America. It has been a traditionally grown vegetable for thousands of years. This vegetable is also sometimes called the “diet potato”, which is thought to be related to the fructooligosaccharides (FOS) content. FOS are sugars which are found naturally in many types of plants, but never in concentrations as high as in yacon roots (1).
The yacon root is thought to be a good dietary supplement since it’s high content of FOS has long been used in folk medicine to help treat health conditions such as diabetes, improve gut health such as constipation, improve obesity and high cholesterol.Read More