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Yacon syrup comes from the roots of the South American Yacon plant. With only around 20 calories per spoonful, it's very low in sugar, with a taste similar to molasses or raisins. Yacon was used by the Incas and in Peru it's eaten for its nutritional properties and the fact it has few calories and low sugar levels. Yacon syrup contains around 30% to 50% of fructooligosaccharides (FOS), a natural sweetener which cannot be broken down easily by the human body. It passes through the digestive tract unmetabolised.
In a study by Genta et al. it was shown that a daily intake of Yacon syrup produced a significant decrease in body weight, waist circumference and body mass index when given to obese pre-menopausal women.1
Although not a clinical study, Dr. Oz presented the findings of his experiment in which 29 out of 40 women lost weight by adding Yacon syrup to their diet, without any other changes to their daily habits.
2007 studies from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil have shown that consumption of Yacon root, which contains high levels of fructans, may help improve the body's absorption and retention of minerals like calcium and magnesium, this increasing bone density. The results suggested that Yacon roots (the world's richest source of FOS) are beneficial in the maintenance of healthy bones and protection against osteoporosis.
Yacon offers a new and exciting way to help manage your weight. Taking it before meals will help to keep blood sugar levels steady, feed the good bacteria in the colon and supply high quality soluble fiber for healthy digestion. Yacon can be used as a healthy natural sweetener which won't translate to extra pounds on the scales.
The latest studies have proven that Yacon syrup can supress hunger pangs, which lowers calorie intake and can boost metabolism for quick burning of calories, initiating a faster reduction in weight.
Replace your high sugar soft drinks and sugar filled coffees with a simple bottle of water.
Use the syrup throughout the day instead of sugar or sweeteners. Perfect for tea
Stay active, try to perform at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise each day.
1 Genta, Susana; Wilfredo Cabrera, Natalia Habib, Juan Pons, Ivan Manrique Carillo, Alfredo Grau, Sara Sanchez (2009) 'Yacon syrup: beneficial effects on obesity and insulin resistance in humans' Clinical Nutrition 28 (2) 182-7 doi:10.1016/j.clnu.2009.01.013 PMID 19254816. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
2 Aybar, Manuel J.; Alicia N. Sanchez Riera, Alfredo Grau and Sara S. Sanchez (February 2001). 'Hypoglycemic effect of the water extract of Smallantus Sonchifolius (Yacon) leaves in normal and diabetic rats'. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 74 (2) 125-132 doj:10.1016/S0378-8741(00)00351-2 PMID 11167030. Retrieved 2008-04-27.
3 The Dr. Oz Show © 2013 Harpo, Inc. 'The Yacon Syrup Project' (November 2013).
† These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Read the entire label before use. Representations regarding the efficacy and safety of Yacon Syrup have not been scientifically substantiated or evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is recommended that users follow a strict diet and exercise regimen to achieve weight loss results.