Yacon is commonly grown in Ecuador and Argentina. Sometimes called the Peruvian ground apple or Peruvian sweet root, yacon is a root vegetable with a sweep, crisp taste. Yacon might be an effective way for sugar addicts to curb a raging sweet tooth without adding a ton of calories onto their diets. The sweet flavor in this root comes from fructooligosaccharides, which are made up of fructose. This substance travels through your digestive system without being metabolized, which means that your waistline doesn’t get slammed with a ton of extra calories from the fructose.
A 100-g serving of yacon root contains 54 calories. It is a zero-fat, zero-cholesterol, zero-sodium food. The same serving size nets 10 g of carbohydrates. Eating yacon root can also help to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract. It may also increase insulin sensitivity, which is good news for diabetics. Growing yacon tubers in your garden can also improve the soil by increasing the number of beneficial microbes, making it an environmentally-friendly crop. Eat yacon roots fresh, just like a fruit. You can also stir fry it, bake it, or roast it.