Overview of Yacon
Scientific Name: Smallanthus sonchifolius
The sweet tubers (roots) of this plant are prepared as a snack or used to make syrup. The syrup contains a high amount of fructooligosaccharide, an indigestible fructose complex; thus, yacon has little caloric value.
Conflicting (Unclear):insufficient information
- Constipation 
- Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, yacon in combination with milk thistle may be effective 
- Weight Loss in Obese Pre-Menopausal Women with Insulin Resistance 
No Evidence:insufficient information
No Clinical Research:All other conditions.
- Avoid or contact a licensed healthcare practitioner, if you have allergies to plants in the family Asteraceae (ragweed, chamomile, etc.).
- Since there is not enough research on the use of supplements containing yacon, use caution or contact a licensed healthcare practitioner.
There is not enough research on the use of supplements containing yacon during pregnancy and breast-feeding, so consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use or avoid use. 
Yacon is not a "drug", so the best doses have not been thoroughly established. Make sure to follow the specific product instructions and take as directed on the label, or consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before use.
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