Yacon Root Powder
Yacon root is an edible tuber native to South America and commonly used as a natural sweetener. In appearance, it is similar to a sweet potato, and it has a crunchy and juicy texture that resembles the texture of watermelons, celeries, apples, or jicamas.
This sweet root was a significant source of nutrients for South American indigenous people for over a thousand years due to its multiple health benefits. Nowadays, it is used as a healthy alternative for artificial sweeteners.
Health Benefits of Yacon Root Powder
• Fosters good bacteria in your stomach: Aspartame, Saccharin, and Sucralose are said to harm the natural bacteria found in your stomach. Unlike these chemical compounds, Yacon Root does the same work, without the unpleasant harm on your body. Yacon root actually improves digestive health by feeding the microorganisms present in your stomach, or probiotics, that make your digestion optimal. It is a high source of inulin.
• Lowers blood pressure: The high amounts of potassium found in Yacon root make it an ideal aid in lowering high blood pressure, by relaxing blood vessels and helping your heart to pump easier.
• Helps to regulate blood sugar levels: Yacon root is made of fructooligosaccharides (FOS), also known as oligofructose or oligo fructan. These compounds are oligosaccharide fructans, used as an alternative sweetener. By being mainly made of FOS and water, most of the carbohydrate sugars can’t be digested by the body, which results in a low-calorie intake and low-sugar levels injected into the bloodstream. This produces a low amount of glucose production in the liver and lowers fasting glucose levels.
• Helps to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight: Yacon root is high in fiber and low in calories, this will help you have a satiation feeling after eating, aiding you to control your appetite.
Yacon Root Powder: Flavor Profile
While it might look like a potato, its taste is very different from what you would think. When eaten raw, its watery and sweet taste resembles melons, pears, and apples. In its powder form, Yacon has a subtle and distinctive sweet flavor, making it perfect for replacing sugar or artificial sweeteners in your desserts, smoothies, and meals in general.
Cooking with Yacon Root Powder
Yacon root powder is perfect for replacing the sugar and artificial sweeteners, in baking goods, smoothies, oatmeal, cereal, pancakes. It is an alternative solution for people with diabetes and people following a low-carb or keto diet.
Mix this low-calorie and low-glycemic sweetener with your ingredients, just like you would with sugar. Be aware that for light beverages, like juices, tea and coffee, it might be difficult to dissolve.
About our Yacon Root Powder
Our high-quality yacon roots are sourced directly from South America. It comes directly from the Andes, a region known for its high fertility and diversity in flora and fauna. To thrive, this tuber requires certain conditions of temperature, altitude, and water for its ideal development. Although it can grow in altitudes from sea level up to 3,600 meters above sea level, the best quality product grows in lands located between 1,500 and 2,000 meters.
We work directly with the best growers all over the world to assure that we are bringing to your table the freshest, most vibrant, and exotic products. They are purchased directly from harvest and stored in climate-controlled conditions to ensure freshness and nutritional benefits. The intense flavor, color, and aroma attest to their freshness.
Why Burma Spice?
Our Yacon root powder is gourmet quality and 100% pure. We never add fillings to any of our products and have perfected all our processes – from gathering to packaging – to guarantee that our spices taste exactly the way they are supposed to taste.
We pack them carefully and ship them directly to your front door. All our spices are 100% PURE, contain no preservatives, no artificial chemicals, and they are Kosher certified.
You can choose between five different sizes: The 2 oz swing-top bottle makes a beautiful presentation in the kitchen while the 6 oz rice paper bags pack a lot of spice into limited shelf space. The 38 oz and 72 oz jars are perfect for restaurant, food service use and work well in professional kitchens.