Yacon is a perennial plant grown in the Andes for its crisp, sweet taste. This root, sometimes called “apple of the earth”, is composed primarily of water and Fructooligosaccharide (FOS). These short chain sugars have a lower caloric value (as they are digested anaerobically) and high fiber content. FOS is a functional food that is also considered a prebiotic and extremely helpful to the digestive tract. In fact, it is often added to other foods such as yogurt to increase nutritional content.
I use yacon syrup in recipes that traditionally call for molasses, such as Gingerbread Cookies.
Purchase Yacon Syrup from Benefit Your Life or The Vitamin Shoppe.