Consumed in the Andean highlands of Peru for centuries, Yacon is a low carb, low glycemic, low calorie and glucose free sweetener. It is considered to be the worlds richest source of fructooligosaccharide (FOS - sugar that can't be absorbed in the body). FOS acts as a prebiotic, serving as food for friendly bacteria in the colon and the consumption of FOS may increase bone density and protect against osteoporsis. Since most of the sugar in Yacon nectar is FOS, yacon nectar is low in calories - it has under half the amount of honey and stands as a good, all-natural sweetener for dieters and diabetics. Yacon nectar contains many nutrients such as iron, calcium, sodium, potassium, carotene, magnesium and vitamins A, B1, B2, C, and E making it an excellent choice for anyone suffering from obesity, constipation, insomnia, arthritis, hypertension, and kidney disease. Some of the health benefits associated with yacon nectar include: increase in digestive abilities in the body; enhancing of the absorption of calcium and magnesium; improved elimination of toxins; reduction in the risk of colon cancer; thinning of blood which results in lowering blood pressure by 5 to 10 percent; aiding in decrease of body weight, waist circumference and BMI; positively effecting LDL-cholesterol levels;and an increased feeling of "satisfaction" after eating.
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