The science behind the sweetness
Why does yacon have such a sweet taste? It is from the prebiotic called inulin. Prebiotics are typically non-digestible fiber compounds which stimulate growth and activity of beneficial intestinal bacteria. These desirable bacteria have an important function in maintaining intestinal health.
Yacon is deliciously sweet, low-calorie, and low-glycemic. That is because the sweetness of the yacon root comes from its fiber content. The fiber is not digested by the body, and thus does not result in high blood sugar levels.
As a byproduct of the fermentation process by intestinal bacteria, short chain fatty acids are released into the bloodstream. Many studies have indicated that these short chain fatty acids can benefit various functions, like immune regulation, cell health and metabolism in tissues and organs, and therefore have both a direct and indirect influence on our bodies.