Yacón Syrup: The New Sweetener That Will Not Make You Gain Weight

 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 yacón syrup. Yacón syrup, is a healthier alternative to sugar which Dr. Oz went hysterical about 3 years ago.On his show he revealed the results of a study that showed overweight women who consumed 3 – 4 teaspoons of yacón 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 Yacón Syrup?

Yacón (pronounced ya-CONE) syrup comes from the yacón 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). Yacón syrup also contains about 35 percent fructose, a simple sugar that provides much of its sweetness.

 How Yacón Syrup Can Help You Lose Weight

The high amounts probiotics like FOS and nutrients in yacón 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 yacón 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 Yacón Syrup

Besides weight loss, one study looked at insulin-resistant rats and found yacón could reduce blood glucose and hepatic insulin sensitivity. Other studies show yacón can improve colon transit time and potentially reduce constipation. At the same time, yacón 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 yacón syrup won’t do any harm and might provide some benefits. Use yacón syrup moderately just like you would table sugar.

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