We all know how bad sugar is. It makes you fat and wrecks your health. Unfortunately, we still eat too much sugar, an average of 77 – 152 pounds of sugar every year to be exact.
Nowadays, people tend to consume healthier sweeteners among which is yacon syrup. Yacon syrup, is a healthier alternative to sugar which Dr. Oz went hysterical a few years ago. On his show he revealed the results of a study that showed overweight women who consumed 3 – 4 teaspoons of yacon syrup lost on average 33 pounds after 4 months.
The study delivers exactly what Dr. Oz claimed: “Daily intake of yacón syrup produced a significant decrease in body weight, waist circumference and body mass index.”
What Is Yacon Syrup?
Yacón (pronounced ya-CONE) syrup comes from the yacon plant, which looks like a yam or sweet potato and grows in the Andes mountains. It is rich in nutrients and probiotics like inulin and fructooligosaccharides (FOS). Yacon syrup also contains about 35 percent fructose, a simple sugar that provides much of its sweetness.
How Yacon Syrup Can Help You Lose Weight
The high amounts probiotics like FOS and nutrients in yacon syrup seem to override its relatively high fructose load to help you lose weight. Other studies verify those benefits. Another study gave 48 overweight adults oligo-fructose (essentially what yacon is made up of) or a placebo (maltodextrin) for 12 weeks.
While weight loss wasn’t very impressive (a little over 2 pounds, versus the placebo group slightly gaining weight), researchers concluded oligo-fructose could potentially help overweight adults lose weight and improve glucose, perhaps by suppressing hunger hormones like ghrelin.
Other Benefits Of Yacon Syrup
Besides weight loss, one study looked at insulin-resistant rats and found yacon could reduce blood glucose and hepatic insulin sensitivity. Other studies show yacon can improve colon transit time and potentially reduce constipation. At the same time, yacon isn’t exactly a “miracle” sweetener.
It’s still sugar, with a moderate fructose load, and I recommend you treat it as such and only use it in small amounts.
There’s No Such Thing As A “Perfect Sweetener”
Some experts and health organizations recommend counting sugar calories or slowly reducing them from your diet. Completely eliminating all sugars becomes the best way to retrain your body’s neurological response. Moreover, if you have any degree of insulin resistance or other blood sugar issues, a “little sugar” often opens the floodgates for more sugar.
If you insist on sweeteners, the herb stevia remains the all time favorite among nutritionist. Small amounts of yacon syrup won’t do any harm and might provide some benefits. Use yacon syrup moderately just like you would table sugar.