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The Market Basket: Yacoon or Yacon

30 Apr

Yacon or Yacoon (as it was spelled in the cardboard sign at the Fruit Stand at the basement/lower ground of Powerplant) is a tuber that looks a lot like kamote, but tastes somewhat like a cross between an apple and a pear, with the juiciness of a singkamas/turnip and sorta like a sweet singkamas with a finish of lasang lupa–if I may be so blunt. But the lasang lupa doesn’t make it yucky to eat. It’ s now my favorite snack.

According to http://www.gvdbiotech.com/YaconEnglish0904.htm, the Yacon is a tuber originating from the Andes (maybe that’s why most local yacon are grown in Baguio..hmm) and it has many wonderful healing capabilities, including but not limited to it being an antioxidant, antibacterial, and it also increases the good bacteria in the intestine.

Of course after the whole GERD attack on my life, I’m all for my digestive system being all happy with good bacteria. Enihoo, I’ve eaten it before but didn’t really appreciated it. Now post Gerd, I’m thinking that it might be a permanent staple in my diet.

Oh wait, and it’s eaten raw by the way. Amazing! There’s nothing more amazing to me right now than eating a kamote like thing raw. Ahhehe.

We bought 39.5 kilos and basically wiped out the whole store’s supply for the day/week. Before any of you think that we’re going on a Yacon Healing Diet of some sort (which is not such a bad idea…), it was for the princess. The same princess that asked for 10-20 gallons of Ube Icecream. Yes. That princess.

And now, I’m having yacon for my lunch-dinner–awesome! So some of the healing properties would be: (this is taken verbatim, and please don’t hit me with a plagiarism suit and all.. the source is right up there!)

Yacon has a high concentration of fructooligosaccharides which has several health properties:

  1. Low sugar level

  2. Low caloric level

  3. Do not induce the development of cavities

  4. Favor the growth of beneficial bacteria (Bifidobacterium sp.) in the lower intestinal tract.

  5. Decrease cholesterol and triglycerides levels

Yacon is also considered as a source of dietary fiber which the following physiological effects:

  1. Satiety effect

  2. Decrease intestinal transit time.

  3. Decrease in constipation

  4. Decrease post-pandrial glucose level

  5. Maintenance of beneficial bacteria in the intestine

  6. Increase excretion of fat and protein

  7. May prevent colon cancer.

Indirectly by the consumption of yacon we may benefit from the following:

  1. Prevention of cardiovascular diseases due to decreased cholesterol absorption.

  2. Diabetes prevention due to decreased post-pandrial glucose level.

  3. Obesity prevention due low calories.

  4. Colon cancer prevention due to fructooligosaccharides and fiber

In a nutshell, it’s good for you. So, I’m going to keep on eating it. And just to be interesting, here’s some things that in my head you can do to this tuber:

– Rocket Salad with balasamic vinaigrette with candied yacoon, walnuts and oranges

– Chicken with yacoon stir-fry, with carrots, brocolli, oyster sauce

– Yacoon with Marshmallows

*in fairness exciting! ahaha, I like this exercise

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