WHAT IS YACON?
Yacon, Smallanthus sonchifolius, is native to South America, where it was eaten for medicinal purposes for centuries. This tuber looks like a yam or sweet potato. The syrup is created by juicing and concentrating through evaporation into a sweet, dark liquid. To retain the rich nutrient, it was heated below 50°C, but lower quality brands use higher temperatures which will destroy valuable fructooligosaccharides (FOS) and increase glycemic index.