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Yacon syrup: Is it the new miracle weight loss solution?

Yacon Syrup
Yacon Syrup
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Once introduced on the Dr. Oz show as an effective weight loss solution yacon syrup has been widely discussed as the newest weight loss trend. Based on a number of studies yacon syrup has shown to produce results in a number of people, ABC News reported on May 28.

Yacon syrup is derived from the yacon plant found in South America. The syrup is extracted from the root of the yacon plant and has a deep amber color a naturally sweet flavor. Some compare the taste to maple syrup.

Benefits

Yacon syrup is a soluble fiber so it passes through the intestines fairly quickly which helps fight fat storage in the body. The syrup also helps to suppress your appetite, fight constipation and regulate blood sugar levels.

Studies on yacon syrup efficacy

Clinical Nutrition study

A study conducted by Clinical Nutrition in 2009 revealed that taking the syrup 3 times a day yields about 2 pounds in weight loss per week in women. Participants in the study consisted of 55 women between the ages of 31-49 who were obese. The women who participated in the study lost an average of 33 pounds after taking the syrup for four months.

A number of the women complained of diarrhea, nausea, and flatulence. These women (20 of the 55) were unable to complete the study due to the severe gastrointestinal effects.

Dr. Oz study

Dr. Oz conducted a study called The Yacon Syrup Project which consisted of 60 women who took yacon syrup before each meal for 1 month. The women who completed the study were told not to change their current diet and exercise regimens. The average weight loss for the women was 2.9 pounds and 1.9 inches loss. The 40 out of 60 women who participated where uneasy about the frequent bowel movements and although the syrup is effective they were unsure about continued usage of the product.

ABC News shared the opinion of a New York based dietician who was a bit skeptical of this seemingly quick “fat fix”. Dr. Keith Ayoob, author of “The Uncle Sam Diet: The Four Week Eating Plan for a Thinner, Healthier America”, shared his concern over the gastrointestinal distress that some experience while taking the syrup; bloating, cramping, gas. Dr. Ayoob also expressed his doubts of the long term weight loss maintenance in people who are looking for a quick fix.