How Yacon Syrup Helps You Lose Weight?
How would you like to lose weight while taking in a sweet syrup? How about shedding the pounds with no need to go to the gym or diet? Sounds too good to be true?
Well, think again because all these might just be possible with Yacon syrup!
And in case you’re eyebrows are meeting now and you’re thinking that this is just another hoax, the good news is this plant does have some studies to back up such claims.
What is Yacon Syrup?
But first, some light on what this Yacon syrup is all about. Basically, it’s an extraction from the Yacon plant’s tuberous roots, which grows in the Andes mountains of South America. The roots look just like a potato and the syrup derived from it is naturally sweet-tasting with the color and consistency very much like molasses.
Because of its nutritional properties, it has been widely used since ancient times, starting with the Incan empire. Medically speaking, the Yacon syrup has manifested properties that help to improve the condition of people having diabetes as well as digestive and renal ailments.
Hence, it was no surprise why its fame grew to people living Peru, Brazil and Bolivia who all used it as a nutritional supplement for people suffering from any of the said conditions.
The Role of FOS
The Yacon syrup is made of 40-50% fructooligosaccharides (FOS). This difficult-sounding name, which we’ll simplify to FOS, are actually sugar molecules whose nature of connection can’t be completely recognized by our digestive system; hence, a huge part of it can’t be digested.
As this is the case, the Yacon syrup contains only one-third of the sugar’s caloric value, which is roughly 20 calories per tablespoon or 133 calories per 100 grams. It is for this reason why it makes a good low-calorie option to sugar.
So, in its travel to our digestive system, the FOS would inevitably reach the large intestine where they feed the “friendly” bacteria found in the gut. Such bacteria are essentially important for our health as it’s linked to help lower the risk of diabetes as well as help improve brain function and immunity.
Now, the good news is bacteria in our gut are capable of digesting FOS; thereby leading to an increase in the levels of friendly bacteria like Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus. When this FOS digestion process happens, short-chain fatty acids that feed on colon cells and absorbed into the bloodstream. Studies have shown that these fatty acids help to counter obesity.
Studies Done on Weight Loss Effects
The First Study
To see the effects of yacon syrup, TV doctor in America Dr. Mehmet Oz, did a study on a group of overweight women. He asked 60 female viewers of his show to consume one tablespoon of Yacon syrup before each 3 meals of the day for 4 weeks withoutchanging any of their diet and exercise routines. It was noted that only 40 of the participants finished this trial.
After the duration, 29 out of the 40 participants said they had some weight loss while 14 shed off 5 pounds or more. According to Dr. Oz, the female average weight loss was about 3 pounds and reduction in waist size was around 1.9 inches. Overall, more than half of the participants concluded that the Yacon syrup was a good way to lose weight and came highly recommended.
The Second Study
In 2009, a research published in the journal Clinical Nutrition, observed 55 obese women with cholesterol and constipation problems for a period of 4 months or 120 days in a double-blind, placebo-controlled experiment.
Divided into 2 groups, 40 women were made to take the Yacon syrup while 15 had another type of syrup with zero active ingredient (placebo). All were made to have low-fat meals and restrict calories mildly. After the given study period, these were the results:
|Results On:||The Yacon Syrup Group||The Placebo Group|
|Weight||Lost an average of 33 pounds (15 kg)||Gained an average of 3.5 pounds (1.6 kg)|
|Waist Circumference||Lost 3.9 inches (10 cm)||No significant changes|
|Body Max Index(BMI)||34 to 28 (Obese to overweight)||—-|
|Stool Frequency||0.28 per day to 0.99 per day||—-|
|Fasting Insulin||Decreased by 42%||—-|
|LDL / Bad Cholesterol||From 137 mg/dL to 97.5 mg/dL (29%decrease)||—-|
From the results given on the table, you can pretty much see that the Yacon Syrup Group had significant changes in weight and metabolism while the Placebo Group had practically no changes at all. We can therefore conclude that the effects of the Yacon Syrup look promising indeed.
Bear in mind though that despite the good results of the study, when it comes to losing weight, what’s important is to make sure that it stays that way. While there may be many choices you can choose from to shed off the extra pounds, the real test is in maintaining that ideal shape and weight you’re already or still aim to be in.