Are you cutting calories and working out, but still not seeing a change on the scale? Then it may be time to add yacon syrup to your diet.
It might sound far-fetched, but this sweet, South American ingredient can actually speed up your weight loss and improve your overall results!
In fact, a recent study done on The Dr. Oz Show showed the syrup to be extremely effective. Forty women were asked to take a teaspoon of the stuff before every meal over the course of four weeks. By the end of the study, 29 of those 40 women had lost weight. The average loss was nearly 3 pounds.
A 2009 study also found the syrup to be effective. In fact, over a four-month period, the women studied lost an average of 33 pounds and 3.9 inches, simply by taking 3-4 teaspoons of yacon syrup a day. Insulin levels, BMI and LDLs were reduced, too. Pretty amazing, huh?
But what is it about this weird-named syrup that helps you lose weight? And what exactly is it in the first place? Read on to find out.
What is Yacon Syrup?
To understand yacon syrup, you first have to be familiar with the yacon, a plant native to the Andes Mountain region of South America. Above ground, the yacon appears green, bushy and leafy, almost like a fern. Below ground, you’ll find the yacon root looks very similar to a potato – oblong, thick-skinned and brownish-tan in color.
Yacon syrup comes from the milled pulp of this root. This produces a juice, which is then filtered, evaporated and processed until a sweet-tasting, sticky substance is formed, similar to maple syrup. People generally say it tastes like a mix of raisins, figs and molasses – strong, but sweet.
For many centuries, the yacon root, as well as the plant’s leaves, have been eaten by native populations in Peru and Argentina. Many have even used it for medicinal purposes, claiming it treats diabetes, alleviates kidney problems and helps with digestive problems.
How Does Yacon Syrup Help You Lose Weight?
Yacon syrup has several properties that make it ideal for people trying to lose weight. The biggest is its fiber content.
Because yacon, as a plant, is extremely fibrous, it leads to a fuller, more satisfied feeling after consuming it. This staves off cravings and prevents overeating.
Additionally, the fiber content also relieves constipation and clears out the digestive tract, both of which can reduce numbers on the scale over time.
On top of this, yacon syrup is also:
- High in prebiotics – Yacon syrup has lots of prebiotics, including fructooligosaccharies (or FOS), which feed the healthy bacteria in your gut. FOS act like a soluble fiber and take longer for your body to digest. That means you feel fuller longer, and you’re not prone to cravings or hunger pangs. FOS also promote better digestion and bowel health in the long run, and they’re believed to lower ghrelin levels, the hunger-producing hormone.
- Low in calories – Yacon syrup is extremely low in calories. In fact, it only has 20 per tablespoon. That’s significantly less than regular table sugar (49 calories per teaspoon) and honey (64 calories per teaspoon), making it the perfect all-natural sweetener. Plus, because yacon syrup is so fibrous, much of it passes through the body undigested. That means fewer calories consumed and an easier path to weight loss in the long run.
- Good at lowering blood sugar – Evidence shows that yacon syrup, which is very low on the glycemic index, can actually lower your blood sugar and decrease insulin resistance, too. Over time, that means fewer cravings, and it allows your body to more easily break down fats, providing an instant boost to your weight loss results.
Yacon syrup can also improve your health overall. It can fight off diabetes, boost your immune system, improve your brain function and much, much more.
How to Eat it
You can often find yacon syrup in your local health food store, usually near the honey, agave and other natural syrups. For the best results, it’s recommended you take about 20 to 25 grams per day, or 4 to 5 teaspoons.
The syrup goes well in a wide variety of recipes. You can sub it in for sweeteners and sugars in baked goods, sauces, marinades and other dishes, and it’s particularly great in breakfasts like oatmeal, smoothies and more. You can even use it on waffles and pancakes, instead using traditional maple syrup.
Try Yacon Syrup Today
Are you trying to lose weight but just not having any luck? Then consider adding yacon syrup to your daily diet. If you try it, let me know what you think in the comments!