Can you have Yacon on the GAPSâ„¢ diet?

Hi all! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas (if you celebrate it), and a relaxing time with family and friends.

I noticed last week that I was getting a few searches on this:

[title]yacon on GAPS diet[/title]
Yacon Syrup
I had heard about the “new” sweetener yacon, but I had to put on my detective hat to see if I could find out whether you or I could have it on the GAPSâ„¢ diet.
Sherlock Holmes
It was a little bit of a humdinger for me. Yacon is a tuber, but it reportedly doesn’t have starch. There went one idea, and I have to admit the more I read the more yacon sounded okay, but that’s when my eye landed on this sentence:

The main chemical components of yacon are the inulin and the fructooligosaccharides (FOS); when they are in the digestive tract they release a carbohydrate that is not sugar but fructose.

This fructose cannot be metabolized by the human digestive system… (Yacon Article)

Cannot be metabolized? Uh, that’s not good. On the GAPS diet we want everything digestible – easily digestible at that.

Grabbing my ever handy copy of Gut and Psychology Syndrome I flipped to the index and looked up fructooligosaccharides (FOS). It gave only one page number. Once I got there I realized that guess what?

FOS is an AVOID food.

So the answer to “can you have Yacon on the GAPS diet?” the answer is a resounding no.

If you’ve been eating thinking that it’s fine you should probably rethink it.

I hope that helps all of you, and if you have a question about any food you want being allowed on the diet drop me a line or leave me a comment!

This post is linked to Fat Tuesday.

(1)Wikipedia Yacon Article (2) Yacon Syrup Picture(3) Sherlock Holmes

3 thoughts on “Can you have Yacon on the GAPSâ„¢ diet?”

  1. Interesting. I’ve never even heard of yacon, but I’ll know to avoid it if I ever do come across it. I stick to honey and dates :) Plenty of sweetness for me.

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