Shakeology Ingredients – Yacon
Yacon (smallanthus sonchifolius) is yet another one of the many impressive Shakeology ingredients.
A perennial that is grown in the Andes of Perú, the Yacon plant is known for having crisp, sweet-tasting tubers and is currently enjoying increased popularity in farmers’ markets and natural food stores across the US.
The texture and flavor of Yacon have been described as a cross between watermelon and apple, and for this reason it is often called the “apple of the earth”.
Yacon Syrup and Yacon Tea
Yacon syrup and Yacon tea are both highly nutritional and popular among diabetic people and dieters because the sugar that they contain is not absorbed by humans. This form of sugar (also known as FOS, or fructooligosaccharide), is a special type of fructose that leaves the body undigested. Yacon syrup is also a prebiotic which supports friendly bacteria in the colon, boosting the immune system and improving digestion.
As previously mentioned, Yacon has proven to be very beneficial for those who suffer from diabetes. It as has also shown promise for treating hypertension. By thinning the blood, Yacon can lower blood pressure by 5-10%. It can also discourage clot formation and lower cholesterol levels.
Yacon also possesses other potential health benefits, such as improving regularity and preventing osteoporosis and colon cancer.
- Yacon in Shakeology – Each Shakeology serving contains 1000 mg of Yacon powder.
If you would like to continue learning about other Shakeology ingredients, please read our article about Hydrilla.