Healthy Product News: Organic Traditions Yacon Syrup


New Peruvian Sweetener is Yummy and Low Glycemic

The desire for healthy sweeteners is increasing, with people constantly searching for alternatives – particularly low glycemic sweeteners that do not have a negative impact on blood glucose levels. Yacon is a superfood that’s new to the Canadian scene, and stands out as a healthy choice with numerous benefits for the gastrointestinal system.

Also known as the Peruvian Ground Apple or Sunroot, yacon is a plant indigenous to the Andes of Peru and Bolivia. It has been prized since the Incan civilization as a tasty tuber, and has long been a part of traditional Peruvian cuisine in the form of juices, condiments, and even chips. A relative of the Jerusalem artichoke, yacon’s sweet taste is mainly comprised of FO’s or Fructo-oligosaccharides. FO’s are a type of dietary sugar that the body does not metabolize. This indigestible sugar supports the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon without a significant impact on blood glucose levels.

As a prebiotic, Yacon aids in supporting bowel health in a variety of ways by maintaining the optimal growth and balance of beneficial bacteria. As an important source of fuel for the bacteria in the colon, FOs influence the production of short chain fatty acids, which are the beneficial by-products produced during anaerobic fermentation of dietary fibres and resistant starches such as FOs in the colon. These anti-inflammatory compounds have been shown to positively impact the health of the colon in numerous ways, mainly by increasing mineral absorption and by accelerating colonic transit time. Yacon syrup is also known to demonstrate weight loss potential – an extraordinary characteristic of a sweetener!

Organic Traditions, the Canadian superfood company, is now producing a high quality syrup made from organic yacon roots. Through a proprietary process, the fresh yacon tubers are juiced at low temperature without the use of chemicals or solvents and the liquid is evaporated to produce a light amber-coloured syrup with a delicious, sweet, delicate floral taste reminiscent of caramel and honey. This process also ensures that the beneficial Fructo-oligosaccharides are not degraded.

Yacon Syrup is a healthy substitute for other conventional sweeteners such as sugar, honey, agave, and maple syrup. Made with no additives, colours, flavours, preservatives, or additional sweeteners added, Organic Traditions Yacon Syrup is 100% pure.

Organic Traditions Yacon Syrup can be enjoyed in tea, coffee, and cacao drinks as well as in smoothies, drizzled over yogurt or berries, or used to make delicious homemade nut milks. Salad dressings and superfood desserts and treats can be made with Organic Traditions Ice Pressed™ Olive oil and lemon juice.

This sweetener offers real culinary versatility and, since it does not have an overwhelming taste, it can be added to just about anything.

Organic Traditions recently launched 10 new Full Spectrum Herbal powders including Holy Basil, Turmeric, and Ashwagandha. Adding any of these herbal powders, along with 1 – 2 teaspoons of Yacon Syrup, into your water bottle each morning is a great way to stay hydrated all day, whilst experiencing the herbs’ phyto-therapeutic health benefits.

Organic Traditions Yacon Syrup is available at health food stores across Canada and online. Visit: or call: 1-888-968-6747.


Renita Rietz is a health and nutrition writer and speaker who educates on the phytotherapeutic potential of indigenous foods and plants for prevention and regeneration. You can contact her at:

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