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Yacon syrup for weight loss: Does it work?

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Yacon syrup is a sweet substance extracted from the tuberous roots of the yacón plant native to the Andes Mountains.

Yacon syrup is known to have lower sugar levels than most sweeteners and is most frequently used as an antidiabetic by those most familiar with the sweetener.

Studies have shown that yacon syrup was effective in decreasing body weight, waist circumfrence, and body mass index in pre-menopausal women.

Dr. Oz conducted the Yacon Syrup Project in which 60 women were selected to take 1 teaspon of yacon syrup before each meal for 28 days. Participants were instructed to maintain their normal eating and exercise regimens (if any). 40 of the 60 women successfully completed the project.

Dr. Oz shared the results of the participants:

• 29 (73%) of the women lost weight
• 14 women lost five pounds or more
• Average weight loss was 2.9 pounds
• Average reduction in waist size was 1.9 inches
• Total weight lost among all the women was 153 pounds
• 27 (68%) recommended yacon as a weight loss tool

Due to the high levels of fructooligosaccharide which acts as a soluble fiber, yacon syrup is effective in treating constipation. This fact may be the key to aiding in weight loss. People who are constipated may have to work harder to lose weight due to the need for added fiber to help food pass through the colon.

Dr. Oz recommends regular yacon syrup intake if:

• Are overweight or obese
• Don't have a lot of fiber in your diet
• Are constipated
• Have elevated blood sugar

Oz also warns:

“People who frequently suffer from diarrhea or loose stools may want to avoid yacon, as in larger amounts yacon syrup may cause diarrhea, bloating, flatulence and nausea. Do not take yacon if you are allergic to it or related foods such as sunflower seeds. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult your doctor before trying yacon.”

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