What is Yacon Syrup?
Yacon syrup comes from the roots of the yacon plant, which is officially called smallanthus sonchifolius or the Peruvian ground apple. Yacon originally comes from the Andes Mountains in South America, where it’s been used for centuries as local folk medicine. Yacon is a tuber, much like a sweet potato, and its roots can be made into a low-carb syrup that’s a natural sweetener. Yacon roots are crushed to release juice. That juice is then filtered and evaporated until a thick syrup is left. Yacon syrup has a sweet taste and amber color, with a thickness that’s somewhere between maple syrup and molasses.
Acceptable – in moderation
Yacon syrup can fit into the macros of a ketogenic diet, but you should be aware of how much you use. While yacon root is fairly low in carbs, it does have some digestible sugars in it. Pure yacon syrup has 6 net grams of sugar per tablespoon, although a little bit goes a long way. It has many health benefits:
- Helps stabilize blood sugar
- Improves gut health
- May aid in weight loss
- Has anti-inflammatory benefits
- Possible anti-cancer benefits
Possible Side Effects From Ingesting Yacon Syrup?
Too much of the syrup can cause digestive issues.
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