Yacon is a root grown in South America that has been a part of the diet of the Andean people for several hundred years. The syrup from this root has the potential to help with many health issues including high blood sugar, high cholesterol and even weight gain. It is part of a class of foods know as "superfoods". When Dr. Oz heard about the claims that Yacon syrup could help with weight loss, his team of professionals decided to perform an experiment to see if Yacon syrup really could live up to these weight loss claims.
The Dr. Oz team asked 60 women who were interested in weight loss to eat one teaspoon of Yacon syrup with breakfast, lunch and dinner for a total of three teaspoons per day. They were asked to do this for 28 days without changing their eating or exercise habits. Forty of the women asked to participate completed this experiment, and the results were very exciting. Of these 40 women, 29 actually lost weight. The average weight loss was 2.9 pounds, and half of the women that lost weight lost 5 or more pounds. They lost an average of 1.9 inches, and 27 of these women said that they would recommend this as a weight loss product.
The health benefits of Yacon syrup go beyond just weight loss. It can also help our bodies absorb vital minerals, and use calcium more effectively. Better calcium absorption can help improve bone density and also can help delay the effects of osteoporosis. Yacon is high in fructooligosaccharides which are sugars that are found naturally in plants. These sugars help to regulate bacteria in the colon which helps reduce inflammation and also boosts our immune system. Since Yacon aids in controlling our appetite and certain food cravings it also helps us maintain a healthy body weight.
Yacon syrup has a pleasant sweet taste and has been said to taste similar to figs or raisins. If you are interested in using this syrup as a weight loss tool, simply eat one teaspoon with each meal. Start out with two teaspoons per day if you are susceptible to diarrhea or loose stools, as this syrup is known to help promote healthy bowel movements. If you are counting calories, Yacon syrup has only 20 calories per tablespoon. It also acts like soluble fiber which makes us feel full and controls constipation. It can lose some of its benefits if it is heated to temperatures above 70 degrees, but it should be fine to add to most hot drinks.
Yacon has been around for several hundred years, but it has only recently been introduced in the US as a weight loss tool. Now that the weight loss claims of Yacon syrup have been proven by the Dr. Oz team, we can feel comfortable knowing that it really works. Remember to start with only 2 teaspoons per day if you have a sensitive digestive system, and gradually move to 3 per day if you feel you are able. Make sure it is 100 percent organic Yacon syrup before trying it, and consult your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing.