Topinambur for Diabetics, a Natural Sugar Substitute
“Topinambur”, also called Jerusalem Artichoke , sunroot, sunchoke, or earth apple is a member of the sunflower family (as are artichokes) and native to North America.
The artichoke contains about 10% protein, no oil, and a surprising lack of starch. However, it is rich in the carbohydrate inulin (76%) (Not to be confused with Insulin), which is a polymer of the monosaccharide fructose. Tubers stored for any length of time will convert their inulin into its component fructose. Jerusalem artichokes have an underlying sweet taste because of the fructose, which is about one and a half times sweeter than sucrose, making it a great natural sugar substitute.
Inulin is digested in the large intestine by microorganisms, resulting in several interesting phenomena. It does not spike blood sugar, making it an alternative food for Diabetics, and it acts as a dietary fiber by binding water in a gel and moving food through the digestive tract.
Read more about Topinamur at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerusalem_artichoke
- Agave nectar alternative made from Organic Jerusalem Artichoke Root
- Fibers like inulin may support healthy probiotic levels in the body.
- No Additives, Non-Irradiated
- Certified Organic, Vegan/Vegetarian, Gluten-free
- Use as a substitute for sugar, honey, agave, or maple syrup
Get Recipes on how to prepare Jerusalem Artichoke from Jamie Oliver’s Cookbook
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