Yacon Syrup : Is It Time You Gave It A Try?

I’ve been hearing a lot about this Yacon syrup recently, the Peruvian ‘apple of the earth’ (because it resembles a potato) is another ‘new but not new’ natural sweetener. This sweetener is another alternative to other natural, low calorie and low glycaemic index sweeteners such as stevia and monk fruit…and a much better alternative to the plethora of artificial sweeteners out there. Looking like a potato and tasting like an apple, Yacon is a novel and natural option for many.

Is it a sweetening method that is at risk of abuse i.e. the excessive consumption could cause stomach upsets and potentially insulin resistance if consumed to excess. However, if used sensibly as an alternative to sugar, Yacon really could offer health conserving benefits. Better still this sweetener doesn’t have any bitter undertones, in fact it has been described as having a sweet apple taste with the tannin tang of tea.



Men’s Fitness, (2014). Superfood Q & A Yacon Syrup. Retrieved 27th June, 2014, from http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/superfood-qa-yacon-syrup

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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