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Organic Yacon Powder

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  • Yacon Powder Overview

    Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) is a plant that belongs to the family Asteraceae, native to the Andean regions of South America. Its fruit-like roots are usually consumed raw and have a sweet taste. Their texture reminds that of an apple. It is estimated that each plant produces about 10 kilos of roots. Yacon is currently cultivated in many countries, including Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Italy, Korea, New Zealand, the USA and others. Yacon is known as aricoma and aricuma in Bolivia, chicama in Ecuador and arboloco in Colombia. The term yacon is Spanish derived from the Quéchua word “yaku” which means “watery” because water is the most abundant component of the yacon root (about 70%). The major portion of the dry matter consists of fructooligosacharides (FOS). FOS content ranges from 0.7% to 13.2% of the fresh weight depending on the specific crop and location. (1)

    Yacon was a traditional crop of Peru where it is still used in folk medicine. Specifically, its tubers were used as a traditional folk treatment to control hyperglycemia, kidney problems and others. Yacon is used on the European market as a prospective functional food and food supplement by diabetics and postmenopausal women. During the last decade yacon has attracted the scientific interest and several research projects and clinical trials were related to its health benefits. (2)

    References:                                                              

    1)  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4963912/
    2)  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814615005932

  • Yacon Powder Benefits

    Yacon and Antidepressant-Like Effects

    In a recently published animal study (2016) researchers tried to evaluate the antidepressant-like effects of inulin-type oligosaccharides extracted from yacon in behavioral models of depression. It was reported that the inulin-type oligosaccharides extracted from yacon may be a prospective natural source for antidepressants. (3)

    Yacon and Obesity

    In a 2009 study among obese women, researchers investigated the relation between yacon syrup intake and obesity. After about 4 months of the yacon syrup intake, the findings showed a significant decrease in body weight, waist circumference and body mass index of the studied women. Additionally, the satiety sensation increased. (4)

     

    Yacon and Immunnity

    Evidence shows that the yacon root is a good dietary supplement, due to its high content of fructooligosaccharides. Recent research highlights the effects of yacon’s consumption on immunity which include: improved-stronger immunity system and quicker and more effective immunity response. High content of FOS seems to play a key role as they can selectively modulate the composition and function of the intestinal microbiota. FOS promote the growth of bifidobacteria which stimulate the immune system. Additionally, yacon’s natural plant compounds such as fructans and polysaccharides may activate specialized immune cells (1)

    Yacon and Diabetes

    Freeze-dried powdered yacon can be considered as a prebiotic product. In a 2014 study that included elderly men and women, after 9 weeks of daily intake of freeze-dried yacon, the participants showed a decrease in serum glucose. (5)

    Yacon’s Consumption and Safety

    Yacon’s consumption is safe. In case you consume a huge amount of yacon you might experience diarrhea, flatulence, abdominal pain and bloating, due to the high FOS content of yacon. To get advantage of yacon’s properties you should keep it in cold storage and temperature-controlled environments. (1)

    In a four-month animal study about the toxicity of dried yacon root, rats were given a yacon root diet supplement. During the feeding trial, yacon administration was well tolerated and did not produce any toxic effect. (1)

    Moreover, in a human study, the daily consumption of a freeze-dried yacon powder, did not adversely affect intestinal transit and did not cause any kind of gastrointestinal effect such as flatulence, bloating or intestinal discomfort. (5)

    Conclusion

    Yacon’s regular use may benefit people with diabetes, digestive problems, constipation,obesity, high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. The yacon’s powder could be usedin your daily diet as a sweetenerof your smoothies, cookies or energy bars. Instead of using artificial sweeteners, you can choose the yacon’s powder which is a high quality natural sweetener.

    Disclaimer

    Yacon is a natural, nutritional food, not a miracle drug. More evidence is needed to evaluate the benefits and side effects of Yacon powder as they have not been reviewed by the FDA. Alovitox Naturals products are not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease.

    Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking Yacon if you are pregnant or breast feeding. We recommend pregnant and nursing women avoid use or consult their doctor for complete approval prior to use.

    References

    1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4963912/

    2) http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814615005932

    3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27539187

    4) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19254816/

    5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24398786/

     

  • Yacon Powder FAQs

    Q: What is the difference between Yacon Powder and Yacon syrup extract?

    A: When in syrup form. Yacon has the consistency of honey or molasses. It can be supplemented with some foods as a low-calorie sugar alternative.Yacon root syrup is produced by juicing the Yacon and then collecting the juice through evaporation. The juice is then heated into a dark liquid after it is evaporated On the other hand, Yacon powder is the primary root that has been dried and ground into very fine flour.

    Q: Does Yacon Powder have any side effects?

    A: Limited studies in humans have not recorded adverse effects with moderate usage of Yacon powder.However, excess intake may results in intestinal side-effects, possibly related to excessive fermentation of FOS in the colon, leading to the production of gas and loose stool. One case study records that there is a possibility of being allergic to Yacon. However, this condition is inferred rare since limited reports of allergy have been reported.

    Q: How safe is Yacon Powder to pregnant and breast feeding women?

    A: Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking Yacon powder if you are pregnant or breast feeding. We recommend pregnant and nursing women avoid use or consult their doctor for complete approval prior to use.
  • Ingredients:Organic Yacon Powder

    Origin: We source our organic Yacon from Oxapampa in the Peruvian Andes.

    Suggested Use:use yacon powder to add sweetness to baked goods, smoothies, coffee, tea, juices  and sprinkled on foods.

    Specifications:
                                      %100 organic
                                      RAW
                                      Vegan
                                      Gluten Free
                                       No Additives
                                      No Preservatives
                                     No Artificial Colors

    Our Source Certifications: USDA Organic, EU organic, JAS organic, HACCP, KOSHER, Halal, Fair Trade

    Storage: Reseal bag after opening. Store in a cool, dry and dark place.

 

Certified Organic Yacon Powder


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