Last week I posted about our new search for a safe yacon syrup. I emailed at least ten companies and I have heard back from a few of them. Unfortunately most will have to contact their supplier for additional information, they do not keep detailed information in their records. This irks me. I read about the traceability of food in other countries and it just frustrates me that we don’t have that option in the United States. One is forced to call a company for additional growing, cleaning, manufacturing, processing, and packaging information and sometimes you are denied the information. It is their choice whether to supply you with the information or not. Also these companies are under the assumption that you cannot react to “food grade” processing aids and additives. Do you have any idea how difficult this makes finding safe food and remaining allergic reaction free? I’ve decided to try the yacon syrup from Nuts.com and Organic Lives. I’m awaiting a reply from Natural Zing, they seem to be the most understanding of food allergic. Avoid the yacon syrup from Amazon Therapeutics and Loving Earth!
This is the email I sent to every company and their responses follow.
I am attempting to find a yacon syrup that has had minimal processing for myself and family.
What is used to clean the yacon? Water or is a cleaner added/diluted with water and used?
Is it water extracted?
Is any grain alcohol, or any other alcohol added to the water during extraction?
How is the syrup filtered? Are any processing aids used?
Are any preservatives used?
Are any processing aids used, like citric acid?
These questions may appear rather invasive, however my family has many allergies and intolerance and we try to avoid extended illnesses from allergic reaction. To do this, we must ask many questions about the product and also about the processing. I hope my questioning is not too invasive. I’ve been trying to find a safe source of yacon syrup for 6 months now. Some of the main offenders in processing are usually citric acid, ascorbic acid, vinegar wash, vegetable washes, lactic acid, dextrose, vegetable oils, dextrin, salt that has been processed with dextrose or msg, msg, chlorine, detergents or cleaners of any kind.
Thank you for your time and assistance.
From Bright Earth Foods (glass bottle)
I will have to look into all these questions, and as it is from peru, that may take some time. We source the highest integrity super foods available, and I am confident that our yacon syrup will meet your needs, however I would like to be sure as you have such dietary concerns.
I am certain that there are no adulterations/additives to our yacon syrup, and I will need to find out more info on the processing. I know it is as minimally processed as possible.
I will get back to you as soon as possible.
I’ve attached our retail price list in the case we can provide other super foods that will fit your diet.
Thanks for your interest in Bright Earth Foods.
From Organic Lives (I’m not sure about the bottle. I hope it’s glass.)
Thank you for your email, we are as particular as you are with our products and we do not use or support any of the ingredients listed below and certainly not any chemicals in the processing of any of our ingredients.
Here is a little overview on the general process, let us know if you have any additional questions.
First, the roots are harvested, washed with pure water, crushed and milled. All raw juices are squeezed out and then captured in tanks. At this point, the Yacon juice is also sent through mechanical filters to remove any fiber particles. Next, the Yacon juice is spilled into a vacuum evaporator to remove any excess water. This evaporation process transforms it into a thick, dark syrup. A process that is completely chemical free.
All storage vessels are stainless steel.
You are welcome if you do not like it for whatever reason we will provide you an in store credit. (which won’t help me, they’re in Canada)
From Nuts.com (Glass container)
It is water extracted. No there is not (I asked about the usage of grain alcohol during extraction and the use of preservatives or processing aids like citric acid). Nothing is added at all.
I did not hear back from this company at all. Remember I found this information concerning their yacon: Ingredients: Extracted in distilled water and 40% organic grain alcohol
From Goji King (Not sure about the bottle)
Thanks very much for your interest
We are very sorry that we don’t have detailed information which you ask. We
have forwarded your question to our supplier in Peru. If we hear anything,
we will let you know
From Natural Zing (in a plastic bottle)
Your questions are not invasive…many of our customers have food allergies so we try out best to to get them answers to all their questions.
I will contact the manufacturer of the yacon syrup and send them your questions.
As soon as I hear from them I will let you know.
Stay healthy, stay beautiful!
From Sunfood (in a plastic bottle)
Thank you for your interest in our yacon syrup! At this time we are out of stock on this product. Our procurement department is diligently working on bringing us a new supply of yacon as soon as possible. In the meantime, please let me assure you that our yacon is minimally processed with no fillers–just the yacon root filtered through clean machinery. To be clear, that means no alcohol, preservatives or processing aids.
Our yacon syrup is a great selling product and it sells out quickly. Please let me know if you’d like to be added to our newsletter emails to notify you when this and other great superfoods are in stock.
Thanks and take good care!
Elyssa Paige, Client Services
From Loving Earth (AVOID!)
Unfortunately a citric acid certified organic disinfectant is used to was the yacon before processing for food hygiene purposes.