A product known as yacon syrup, sold at Amazon.com and other online sites, was recently seen on “The Dr. Oz Show” and has interested viewers trying to find the syrup made from a South American root. The nutrition benefits are numerous, as Dr. Oz demonstrated on his show.
A report from The Epoch Times on Nov. 4 indicates that there was a test conducted on 60 of Dr Oz’s female viewers for four weeks. The women were required to take one teaspoon of the bacon syrup before each meal during that time. They were also asked to not make any other dietary or exercise habit changes.
After the four weeks, there were forty women who completed the test as required, and 29 of them lost weight in some form. Fourteen of the women reportedly lost five pounds or more, with the average weight loss overall coming in at 2.9 pounds. There also was a 1.9-inch average waist size reduction.
Dr. Oz said of the yacon syrup and its benefits:
“FOS resist breakdown by enzymes in the human digestive system and reach the colon without being digested. This means that yacon syrup is very low in calories (about 20 calories per tablespoon). FOS also acts as a soluble fiber, which increases stool bulk to help prevent and control constipation.”
Reportedly, the syrup has a “sweet taste” that is “similar to molasses.” It can be used as a sugar substitute, but as of this report, evidence isn’t completely conclusive about the weight loss effects demonstrated by Dr. Oz’s viewers.
Dr. Neal Barnard said of research about the product:
“The thing we don’t know is whether the weight change that occurred is due to the yacon or due to a placebo effect. It is entirely possible that the participants expected to lose weight and were more attentive to their diets overall. So the next step would be to do a placebo-controlled test.”
There are several varieties of yacon syrup selling at Amazon.com, including an 8 fluid ounce bottle from Sunfood. Other varieties sold at different health and nutrition sites seem to have sold out, most likely due to the “Dr. Oz effect” of mentioning the product on his show.
“The Dr. Oz Show” is televised weekdays on ABC affiliate station WSET 13 in Roanoke at 4 p.m. EST. Watch video footage of Dr. Oz as he talks about yacon syrup here at DoctorOz.com.