It very well could be…read on to see if yacon root syrup is right for you and your weight loss goals…
Yacon is a root which grows in South America. It is commonly referred to as the “apple of the earth”. It has been a large part of the Andean mountain culture’s diets for centuries. It’s possible that the syrup of the yacon root will be the next big thing to promote healthy weight loss in western cultures, where diabetes and obesity are running rampant.
Yacon syrup supports good digestion and appears to help regulate blood sugar (pay attention, diabetics!)without having to take prescription medicine, injections or lots of daily pills. No less important, it also shows the potential to significantly reduce waistlines and bodyfat.
A recent case study over at The Dr. Oz Show showed some interesting results. Viewers interested in losing weight were asked to try yacon syrup for 28 days, without altering anything else. The results are eye opening to say the least.
We asked 60 women to eat one teaspoon of yacon syrup with or before each meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) for four weeks. They were told not to otherwise change their usual diets or exercise habits. Forty of the 60 women completed the project. Of these 40 women:
29 (73%) of the women lost weight
14 women lost five pounds or more
Average weight loss was 2.9 pounds
Average reduction in waist size was 1.9 inches
Total weight lost among all the women was 153 pounds
27 (68%) recommended yacon as a weight loss tool
The staff on The Doctor Oz show also surveyed six medical experts for their opinions on yacon syrup and the results of their case study. You can see their analysis there.
Previous analytical studies have shown some very promising health benefits from yacon syrup, not only with regards to weight loss.
In a 2009 study published in Clinical Nutrition, 55 obese Argentine women ingested 3-4 teaspoons of yacon syrup during each day. These women were also asked to undergo a slight reduction in thier daily calorie intake and to engage in very limited exercise protocol(only had walk for 45 minutes twice a week, no specific intensity). After 120 days, the control group (women who did not take yacon syrup) did not experience significant changes in either body mass, appearance or blood chemistry results. Meanwhile, the women who did took the prescribed yacon syrup dose lost an average of almost 33 pounds and 4 inches of waist circumference. In addition to startling weight loss results, they also experienced improved insulin levels, a significant drop in bad cholesterol and more frequent healthier bowel movements.