Overall, the women taking the Yacon syrup had dramatic improvements in both body weight and metabolic health, while the women taking the placebo stayed pretty much the same.
Many people from the scientific community have had some incredible things to say about Yacon Syrup. Dr. Mike Roizen, a former editor of 6 medical journals, stated that Yacon Syrup showed “Remarkable weight loss after 120 days”.
The fiber-packed syrup, extracted from the South American yacon root, is high in a compound called FOS; a digestion supporting prebiotic which feeds healthy gut bacteria and supposedly helps you feel full, at only 20 calories per tablespoon.
That the supplement may be used as an alternative to regular table sugar is very important as high blood sugar levels are associated with serious health conditions such as kidney disease, heart disease, blindness, and nerve and blood vessel damage. It is considered as a low glycemic sweetener because around half of its sweetness is brought about by FOS (fructooligosaccharides).
Even though FOS is a natural sweetener, it does not cause one’s blood sugar levels to rise significantly because the body does not have the ability to fully break it down. In effect, it goes to the digestive tract in its whole form.
The primary ingredient leading to weight loss, FOS (fructooligosaccharides), is also found in onions, garlic, asparagus, bananas, artichokes and chicory, but the concentration in yacon is much higher.
Yacon is a plant native to South America. The Yacon syrup and capsules are derived from the roots of this plant. The natives of that region consume the roots for their nutritional value. The fact that it is very low on calories and sugar makes it very special. The Yacon Syrup contains around 50% FOS or fructooligosaccharides. FOS is a natural sweetener and the fact that the human body can’t break it down is what makes it valuable.
Due to the nature of today’s communication technology, people are no longer shocked or surprised to find out about one health craze after another. However, the Yacon Syrup made waves because it was introduced and discussed at length on Dr. Oz’s TV show. Since then, it has been the subject of so many discussions, not to mention it has become quite a popular health product.
Other results experienced include a reduction in the BMI from 34 to 28, increased tool frequency from 0.28 to 0.99 per day reducing the effects of constipation and reduced levels of insulin.
Due to yacon root’s unique characteristics, there are only 20-40 calories in most tablespoon servings. The carbohydrates and sugar levels are also quite low, and are taken into the body through a natural process, but unlike how the body processes glucose (so blood sugar levels aren’t affected).