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.
73% of the 60 participants lost weight.
14 of the women lost 5 pounds or more.
The average weight loss was 2.9 pounds.
They lost an average of 1.9 inches around their waists.
The total pounds that were lost between all of the women was 153 pounds.
68% of the participants would recommend Yacon to help lose weight.
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.
30% to 50% of Yacon syrup is fructooligosaccharides (FOS), a natural sweetener which the body cannot break down, so it passes through the digestive tract. FOS also contains fiber and both the Yacon root and leaves contain high levels of polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant that can help to prevent illness and ward off diseases such as heart disease.
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