There is one thing I sweeten every day. My coffee. I’ve tried to go without sugar and inevitably I end up putting in at least a teaspoon. If you’ve ever read my blog you know I don’t care for sucralose, or even stevia in my coffee for different reasons.
Thanks to Tomoson I got the chance to try a sweetener I’d only heard about in magazines and on TV. Yacon Syrup #lifefoodyacon is derived from the root of the South American yacon plant. Yacon root is consumed regularly in Peru and other parts of South America as an anti-diabetic. The root pulp is mashed and macerated to extract the juice and then cokes in an evaporator much like the process of making maple syrup. What results is a syrup with a low glycemic index with a flavor similar to molasses or caramelized sugar.
When I first tasted the yacon syrup the first flavor that came to mind was molasses. It’s flavor is much more mild, has a smooth mouthfeel and a very slight sourness. This sour flavor I thought would interfere with the taste of my coffee. To my surprise it didn’t. I did need almost a tablespoon to achieve the level of sweetness that I like.
Yacon Syrup is high in insoluble fiber. This allows the natural sugars to be more slowly digested thus lowering the body’s glycemic response. I did notice a slight change in my digestive habits when I switched my sweetener.
Funny just yesterday while I was at the library waiting for my girls to finish their story time I ran across an article about how to reduce belly pudge. The suggestion was to simply sweeten your daily coffee with Yacon rather than sugar. Check it out –
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