Yacon is an ancient root that is grown in the high altitude of the South American Andes. It is a natural sweetener and provides numerous minerals. It is rich in fructooligosaccharides (an indigestible form of fructose). As the majority of the carbohydrate sugars cannot be digested by the body, it is a low calorie sweetener and may assist in weight loss. Research also indicates yacon may have an hypoglycemic effect, is an antioxidant and reduces bad cholesterol levels. In its powdered form, it is easily used as a sugar substitute in beverages, coffee, tea or sprinkled on cereal or yoghurt.