Eating too much sugar can lead to unwanted weight gain. Sadly sugar is everywhere, secretly hidden in foods that you wouldn't expect. Many have found avoiding processed foods and keeping track of one's sugar intake to the most beneficial for weight control, however, cutting back on sugar is not an easy thing to accomplish.
I received a small supply of Yacon Syrup per request, and after two weeks of use I am now officially obsessed with the stuff. I just ordered an additional two bottles and I'm hoping, more like panicking, that my current bottle doesn't run out before I receive my next order.
|The tuberous roots of the yacón plant (Smallanthus sonchifolius) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
What is Yacon Syrup?
Yakon is a tuberous root that is traditionally grown in the Northern and Central Andes. It is also known as Peruvian ground apple. It is used for food as well as medicinally. It's basically a super-food found in nature.
The syrup extracted from the yacon plant is comparable in taste and texture to maple syrup. What makes it so ideal is the fact that its low in calories, carbohydrates, sugar and high in fiber.
Yacon Syrup verses Honey
1 tbsp Honey:
1 tbsp Yacon Syrup:
Impressive right? On top of that, I get much more mileage with Yacon Syrup than I do honey. One teaspoon does a really nice job in sweetening plain yogurt, while I needed at least two tablespoons of honey to do the job.
I'm not going into every facet of Yacon's health benefits, I did, however, want to mention that Yacon is comprised of mainly water and fructooligosaccharides. The latter; or FOS, acts as a prebiotic in the digestive tract. Basically it feeds the healthy bacteria in you gut. This is beneficial for digestive health as well as inflammation.
What about the weight loss hype
Once something appears on Dr. Oz as a weight loss breakthrough, the Internet becomes abuzz and inundated with hype and all kinds of adds for product sales. All of which I take very tentatively. Even so, lets look at the studies.
One study had been conducted for a duration of four months. The participants had consumed 1 tsp of Yacon Syrup before meals 3 times daily, without making any other changes to their diet. At the end of the four months the average participant lost 33 pounds and an average of four inches. To compliment that study, Dr. Oz conducted his own study where he had 60 participants take 1 tsp of Yakon Syrup before meals 3 times daily. He also requested that nothing else change as far as diet or exercise. The said results after four weeks amounted to an average weight loss of 2.9 pounds and 1.9 inches. Over all 73 percent lost weight.
My interest in Yakon stemmed from the desire to cut back on sugar. I always ignore the hype and had no intention of using the product in accord with the studies. Desperate to lose weight, however, I just could't resist using the syrup accordingly. That is, a teaspoon an hour before meals and at noon with my yogurt. I then went about my business without giving it much thought. It wasn't until a week or so of use that I realized Yakon syrup was effectively curbing my appetite and preventing me from overeating, cheating and binging. After ten days I lost two pounds. I'm not sure if that is due to the said increase in metabolism or my ability to better stick with my diet regimen. All I know is that I am very pleased that it's curbing my appetite. If price wasn't a factor I would definitely do more with the syrup, such as incorporating into more dishes and recipes. At the moment I use it sweeten coffee, tea before meals and in plain yogurt.
I prefer the taste of Yakon Syrup when it's refrigerated
I love the taste, but not everyone does appreciate the molasses-like flavor. It is expensive and may not be suited for everyone. Some folks have reported stomach cramping and increased bowl movements, however in my research I've discerned that most people like the taste and find it to be an effective appetite suppressant. For me personally it's the equivalent of liquid gold. I had been struggling with losing ten pounds for quite some time, so I'm quite thrilled that my pipe dream of losing the extra weight by summer may come to fruition.
I consider the flavorful Yakon Syrup to be tantamount to liquid gold
Finding a reputable supplier ain't easy. Just because it's sold at your local health food store or even Whole Foods doesn't mean it's the best source. Many of them contain fillers and aren't pure, yet their prices tend to be higher. Those should be avoided.
One company that I like offers a pure product. Life & Food has been around for a while and they offer pure, raw, organic and non-GMO syrup at a very competitive price. At the moment it is on sale for $22, I say grab it now before the price goes up again. I purchased mine via Amazon
Find Life & Food Yacon Syrup on Amazon
If you desire to lose weight by summer and, or, cut back on your sugar intake, like myself, you may find this to be a very worthy investment.