There is always a search for a better alternative as far as sweeteners go. I’m a big coffee fanatic and have tried everything… The sweeteners that taste the best to me are of course the sweeteners that are bad for me. (Equal, Sweet n Low, etc… ) So, instead of these I’ve sampled raw sugars, agave nectars and honey. Although these were tolerable and just “ehhh ok” I’ve not found something I can keep next to my coffee pot and commit to daily. In this search I’ve come across a root that I was familiar with because it is what sweetened my favorite health shake. The ingredient is called the “Yacon Root”. I’ve got my hands on a bottle of 100% Pure Raw All Natural Yacon Syrup.
Yacon Syrup is sourced from a naturally grown organic fields in the country of Peru. It’s low in calories and low on the glycemic index scale. This is due to the fact that the sugar contains high levels of levels of oligofructose (aka inulin), a form of sugar that is not metabolized readily for the human body. For this reason, Yacon is ideal for diabetics and acts as a great alternative to conventional low calorie sweeteners. Hmm, it’s worth a shot.
This weekend I made a cup of coffee and put the Yacon Syrup to the test. I was surprised by the consistency when I first opened the bottle to pour onto my teaspoon. It was thick and ran slowly. This was great because I wasn’t quite awake and it was pouring as slow as my mind was working. I’m not sure I’ll be able to drink it without mixing it into something as it is suuuupppper sweet.
I mixed it around and was expecting a really natural and earthy taste. In fact, I was hoping it wasn’t going to taste earthy at all. I’m on the search for something I can use day in and day out. Surprisingly, it was super sweet and while mixed with my coffee, it didn’t have an earthy taste at all. I could have probably used ½ tsp instead. As I enjoyed my cup of Joe I learned about some key benefits.
- Shown to assist in weight management
- Promotes good bowel function
- Lowers blood sugar
- Prevents & controls hyperglycemia
- Powerful antioxidant
- High in probiotics & prebiotics
- No added preservatives
- Bottled & tested in a FDA certified GMP facility in the USA.
I was going to add one more bullet that the description had mentioned but I was a little bit confused by it. It says “increases fiber intake”, so of course I automatically go to the label to see how much fiber is in it and it says “0%”. Huh? I’m a taaaaaad confused so I emailed the brand and asked how this is possible. This was the explanation I got.
“The natural occurrence of FOS within Yacon syrup increases dietary fiber. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fructooligosaccharide. This is something that’s considered more of a characteristic of the syrup, not an ingredient. What it means is that no fiber is added, no FOS is added, it is naturally occurring in Yacon root syrup (the only ingredient).” Interesting…….
This hasn’t became my all time favorite yet as I’ve only tried it a few times but I’ve got to say that it is really good in coffee. I’m just hoping I can find other uses for it as well.
Anyone have experience with Yacon Root Syrup? Feel free to leave me a comment. =)
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