There are many advantages to growing your own yacon tubers. First, of course, you can enjoy eating the fresh tubers which are a delightful way to diversify your diet. They are a food that comes presweetened and have an amazing texture.
You should get in a habit of reading the ingredient label of every product you buy. This is where you will find the hidden sugars, even if the front of the package does not talk about anything sweet!
While starch is the most abundant complex carb most people eat, we also eat other complex carbs. Just like starch, our body has to break these down into simple sugars so we can use them for energy or store them for later use – either as glycogen or fat.
For a long time, scientists knew and reported about five taste receptors on the human tongue (well, umami was also a fairly recent discovery): Sweet (simple sugars, sweeteners, sweet amino acids) Salt Sour (acids) Bitter Umami, also known as Savory (amino acids and L-glutamate from meat, mushrooms, etc.)
Starch, glycogen, cellulose, and chitin are four of the most common substances in nature… and guess what? They are all composed of thousands of glucose molecules bonded together with glycosidic bonds! In other words, they are all polysaccharides (complex carbs) that just use glucose over and over.