What is Yacon Syrup

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 Yacon Syrup is gaining in popularity….for good reason!  It’s a popular choice for those watching their “macros” and blood sugar.  It’s a mellow, delicious syrup that can be used in place of honey or maple syrup and has many positive impactful healthy benefits!  Many people choosing Keto or Paleo diet are using this product successfully!

7 Impressive Benefits Of Yacon Syrup

Some of the health benefits of yacon include its ability to regulate blood sugar levels, lower “bad” cholesterol, help with weightloss, lower blood pressure, improve the health of the liver, prevent certain types of cancer, boost digestive health and strengthen the immune system.

Yacon is a large perennial plant that is mainly grown and cultivated for its tuberous roots. The scientific name of yacon is Smallanthus sonchifolius and it primarily grows in South America, including the Central and Northern Andes, which primarily fall in Colombia and Argentina. It has been a traditionally grown vegetable for thousands of years and has a wide variety of uses. Yacon syrup and powder are commonly used as healthy replacements for sugar as sweeteners in various foods. Furthermore, the root can be eaten raw, like a potato or a jicama. The majority of the density of these vegetable tubes, which can grow up to 1 kilogram in weight, are fructooligosaccharides, which is an indigestible form of fructose. This unique quality of yacon is part of what makes it so valuable.

This vegetable wasn’t widely known outside of its native until recent decades, but is also cultivated in Australia and New Zealand, with its popularity spreading to Japan, China, South Korea, and even in the healthy food markets of the United States.

You can harvest yacon after the rhizomes at the top of the plant die and fall back, meaning that the tuber underneath the ground is ready to be eaten. One of the best things about yacon is that it can easily be grown in home gardens and requires very little expertise or farming experience. The juicy meat of the tuber is slightly sweet, thanks to the fructose-based composition.

The leaves of the plant also contain a variety of beneficial organic compounds, which is why yacon tea and syrup have become valuable and sought after components to add to people’s diets. In fact, yacon syrup has had a recent surge of popularity, as it is claimed to not only be a superfood for diabetics, but also for people trying to lose weight. However, the question remains: why is yacon considered so important for our health?

Nutritional Value Of Yacon

As mentioned, yacon tubers are mostly composed of fructooligosaccharides and water. This means that the majority of the carbohydrate sugars cannot be digested by the body, resulting in a very low calorie level and a prevention of excess sugar coming into the bloodstrea. Yacon also helps the body increase its vitamin and mineral absorption of all other foods, so while there aren’t many vitamins and minerals in yacon itself, it is very important for the intake of these essential components of human health. That being said, yacon is still rich in potassium, calcium and phosphorous.

Health Benefits Of Yacon

Blood Sugar Levels: The reason that so many people around the world have begun to use yacon so often is its anti-hyperclycemic effects. The fructooligosaccharides in yacon mean that the body does not absorb any simple sugars; in fact, it lowers the amount of glucose production in the liver and causes a shift to lower fasting glucose rates. This is very important for people suffering from diabetes. Research is also being done on yacon’s potential to increase insulin sensitivity in the body, yet another beneficial aspect for diabetics or for people at risk of developing the disease.

Blood Pressure: There are a number of heart ealthy aspects to yacon, but the high levels of potassium are certainly worth mentioning first. Potassium is a vasodilator, meaning that it relaxes blood vessels and reduces strain on the cardiovascular system. This means increased blood flow and oxygenation to parts of the body that need it most, and a reduced chance of developing conditions like atherosclerosis, or suffering from heart conditions like heart attacks or strokes. Potassium also helps to regulate the fluid balance in our body’s cells and tissues, in conjunction with sodium.

Cholesterol Monitoring: Aside from its importance to diabetics, yacon is also important for people who need to control their cholesterol. Research has shown that consuming yacon results in a general lowering of fasting triglyceride and LDL ( low-density lipoprotein levels). In other words, the fructooligosaccharides that compose yacon help to lower lipid levels and prevent the accumulation of “bad” cholesterol. This aids in the prevention of a wide variety of heart concerns, including coronary heart disease.

Weight Loss Aid: Although this has been hotly debated in certain circles, various researchers claim that eating yacon can help increase weightloss. Since it is not composed of starch (like most tubers), but fills you up, and has a very low level of calories, it is thought to result in overall weight loss. This can also be caused by the slight laxative effect of yacon (perhaps due to its fiber content) and the increased satiety that people feel after eating this sweet plant.

Digestive Health: While the body can’t absorb these fructooligosaccharides, it doesn’t mean that the healthy bacteria in our gut doesn’t find it delicious! Yacon also contain prebiotic materials, stimulating the growth and health of the microflora in our bodies. When our probiotic bacteria are well-taken care of and healthy, our body can maximize its intake of vitamins and minerals. By optimizing the absorption levels of our food, we are able to get more “bang for our buck”, so to speak, when we eat any other foods. Also, the slight laxative effect of yacon reduces constipation, bloating, and other more serious gastrointestinal conditions, such as gastric ulcers and colon cancer.

Cancer Prevention: Research has shown that the compounds found in yacon can have inhibitory effects on the growth of cancer cells. While this research is still somewhat preliminary, there is no downside to this possible side effect of adding yacon to your diet!

Liver Health: The liver is the source of glucose in our body, so it makes sense that regulation of glucose through eating yacon would affect our livers in some way. In fact, studies have shown that proper amounts of yacon (particularly when combined with milk thistle) prevent fat accumulation in the liver and maintain proper liver health and function.

A Final Word of Caution: Although it is rare, there have been some reports of allergies to yacon root. Furthermore, the leaves should only be used for tea, because they have been found to be slightly toxic to the kidneys when eaten directly. Other than these two small issues, enjoy yacon, as well as all of the wonderful benefits it can bring to your health!

 

Upcoming Special Events

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BODY FUEL MINI MARKET! THIS WEEK –  SUNDAY AUGUST 2017

We’re bringing the Market to you! We are opening up our store to a group of local vendors to showcase their beautiful wares. Join us Sunday AUGUST 20, 2017 from 10-4pm. Come do your grocery shopping and have just a little more fun checking out our vendors!   VENDOR SPOTS STILL AVAILABLE!  NEXT MARKET SEPTEMBER 17TH

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THE ART OF FERMENTATION

Learn the history, health benefits and how to for a variety of cultured foods and drinks including Jun, Sourdough, Villi, Kefir, Sauerkraut and Kombucha.  Enjoy a light organic, cultured lunch too!
Registration ($95) includes a culture of your choice to take home. Bring a container/jar to take your culture home.
Sept 16, 2017 
10am to 1:30pm
Body Fuel Organics Regina
$95
Contact Stacey to register:
Email stacey.gardentherapy@gmail.com
Phone 306-641-4239

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LEARN TO MAKE KOMBUCHA

Health tonic – elixir – probiotic drink with many health benefits! Learn the how and why! Here at this workshop – plus you get to take a kombucha scoby home so you can make it yourself!
Sept 16
2-3:30pm
Body Fuel Organics Regina
$30
To register send E-transfer to:
stacey.gardentherapy@gmail.com
Use password Regina
Contact for more info:
Stacey Tress
Garden Therapy Yorkton
306-641-4239

 

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MARKET NEWS!

Don’t forget to check out our whole lineup of deals on our Feature Page.  Click here to begin your shopping!

*OUR BEST DEAL OF THE SUMMER IS BACK!  Buy 2 1LB STRAWBERRIES and get the 3rd FREE!

-Keep shucking that ORGANIC NON-GMO CORN!  The deal continues…buy 3 and get the 4th free!

*Who loves RED PEARS (STARKRIMSON)?  Thursday route will get them first!

*CANNING PEACHES are now available!

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This is what you can expect in the upcoming week (August 21st ) We Think For You Bins *please note that at times we may have to substitute for quality or supplier shortages

 

 $40 We Think For You Bin

1.5lb zucchini

1 head cauliflower

1 bunch green onion

1 long English cucumber

1 green pepper

1 red pepper

1/4lb tomatoes

1 head romaine lettuce

0.4lb snow peas

5 gala apples

2 valencia oranges

5 bananas

2 peaches

3 bartlett pears

1lb red seedless grapes

 

$25 We Think For You Bin

1.5lb zucchini

1 head cauliflower

1 long English cucumber

1 red pepper

1/4lb tomatoes

1 head romaine lettuce

3 gala apples

1 valencia oranges

4 bananas

2 peaches

2 bartlett pears

 

$40 Paleo Fresh Bin

1.5lb yams

0.75lb green beans

1 green cabbage

1 long English cucumber

2 red pepers

1 leaf lettuce

1 green kale

4 gala apples

2 peaches

1/2lb blueberries

1lb strawberries

2 avocado

 

New KETO FRIENDLY FRESH PRODUCE BIN $59.99

1.5lb yams

1.5lb zucchini

0.75lb green beans

1 cauliflower

1/2lb yellow onion

1 bunch green onion

1 long English cucumber

1 green pepper

1 red pepper

1/3lb tomatoes

1 romaine lettuce

1/2lb baby spinach

1/2lb button mushrooms

1 container baby dill

0.5lb lemons

2 limes

0.75lb blueberries

1lb strawberries

3 avocado

 

$50 Bordering on Boring Bin

1 baby carrots

3 corn on the cob

1 head cauliflower

1 yellow onion

1 long English cucumber

2 red peppers

1 leaf lettuce

0.4lb snow peas

5 gala apples

1lb nectarines

5 bananas

1lb red seedless grapes

1lb strawberries

 

Grocery item incl in Bordering on Boring Bin:

Weekend Warrior Grab and Go $45 Bin

1 baby carrot

1 pkg mini peppers

1 pkg cherry tomatoes

3 gala apples

0.4lb snow peas

4 bananas

1/2lb nectarines

1 lb red seedless grapes

3 Zevia Sodas

1 Habibit’s Hummus

1 tube Apple Chips (Berry Berry)

1 Tout Naturel Golden Crackers

1 Hardbite chip 150g

1 Heavenly Organic Honey Patties 

READINESS/LBD Bin –Coming Soon! September Start Date.  Register at Readiness Fitness

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*ORDER BY FRIDAY AT 9AM FOR THE FOLLOWING COMMUNITIES/ROUTES.

*Radville -Wednesday afternoon delivery – 662 Crane Ave.

*Weyburn – direct door drops Wednesday afternoon

*White City and neighbouring communities – Tuesday afternoon delivery direct door drops

*Lumsden/Regina Beach/Buena Vista  – Delivery cancelled due to low numbers.  Please register for Regina Thursday or Tuesday Pick Up

*Regina Tuesday Pick up route – Tuesday in-store pick up

*Estevan -Wednesday afternoon delivery direct door drops

*Indian Head – individual arrangements – please contact us for more info!

*Southey– DISCONTINUED.  PLEASE CONTACT US FOR TO MAKE ALTERNATIVE ARRANGEMENTS TO PICK UP YOUR ORDER IN REGINA OR A NEIGHBOURING COMMUNITY!

*Lumsden – delivery to your doorstep on Tuesdays late afternoon/early evening!

ORDER BY SUNDAY AT NOON for the following routes/communities:

*Cupar  –  Thursday delivery to Cupar

*Regina – Thursday in-store pick up and deliveries

*Grand Coulee/Pense – Thursday delivery

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http://www.bodyfuelorganics.ca

bin@bodyfuelorganics.ca

 

Haven’t ordered online with us before?  Register and create your order at http://www.bodyfuelorganics.ca.  See below for our Delivery Schedule and Cut-off Times that are particular to your route!  Need any help?  Email us at bin@bodyfuelorganics.ca or call 306.352.3835

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