What Is Yacon (Yakon)? Good or Bad For Us?

I recently became aware of Yacon Syrup, checked it out and like what I’ve discovered. Below are some articles and comments from others whom I trust to give us the real information we need and want- also, I got some so I can be a guinea pig, using it myself and letting my readers know how it works for me. I’ve learned that it has been eaten in many parts of the world for more than a thousand years, but is fairly new to our western civilization– now I’ve tasted it and it is good- a great new syrup for our pancakes and waffles– OK, what are others saying?

Nature’s Healthy Sweetener: Yacon Syrup

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Many of us are becoming conscious about sugars and sweeteners in our diet and their effect on our body.

With so many people suffering from diabetes and other health maladies, many wonder if something that is sweet can still be good for us, low calorie, and organic?

How Yacon Syrup Benefits More Than Weight Loss

Learn more about yacon root syrup as a low-glycemic natural sweetener with medicinal properties that are very beneficial to the entire digestive tract.

 Jeannie here- I’ve read a lot now about it being sold as a way to rid your body, particularly your belly, of those pesky unwanted fat rolls, but as you just learned in this video, it will take more than a ‘magic syrup’ to lose weight, keep it off and be healthy. To see how I am using it, go to my EAT HEALTHY! page.

Yacon: Sweet & Healthy

by Tracey Roizman, D.C., Demand Media

Yacon, Polymnia sonchifolia, also known as Peruvian ground apple, is a native of South America that is a relative of the sunflower. It produces juicy, edible tubers, from which its name, translated as “watery root,” is derived. People in the Andes have enjoyed yacon as a food source for more than a thousand years. Yacon offers certain health benefits.

Blood Sugar Management

Syrup made from yacon root may help lower your blood sugar, according to a study published in the April 2009 issue of “Clinical Nutrition.” Sugarlike molecules in yacon known as fructooligosaccharides, which are derived from a nondigestible carbohydrate called inulin, provide about half the sweetness of sugar without raising blood sugar levels. In the study, obese volunteers with insulin resistance, which is the inappropriate response of cells to the presence of insulin, were given two daily doses of yacon syrup containing 0.29 grams and 0.14 grams of fructooligosaccharides per kilogram of body weight. At the end of the 120-day study, the participants had achieved significantly lower fasting insulin levels. However, fasting blood sugar levels were not affected. The study also showed that yacon syrup promoted weight loss and suppressed appetite.

Cancer Prevention

Potential anticancer benefits of yacon were demonstrated in a tissue culture study of human cervical cancer cells published in the October 2011 issue of the journal “Fitoterapia.” Yacon compounds inhibited the growth and reproduction of cancer cells and promoted early cell death. In a tissue culture study published in the December 2010 issue of the journal “Chemistry and Biodiversity,” a fungus that grows on the roots and leaves of yacon demonstrated anticancer benefits against skin, colon, nerve and blood cancers.

Liver Health

A combination of yacon and silymarin, which is the active component in milk thistle, improved cholesterol and blood sugar levels in patients with metabolic syndrome in a study published in the March 2008 issue of “Food and Chemical Toxicology.” Metabolic syndrome is a combination of conditions that increases risk for heart disease and diabetes. In the study, participants consumed 2.4 grams of yacon and 0.8 grams of silymarin a day for 90 days. Results showed the combination supplement improved cholesterol levels and prevented fat accumulation in the liver, leading researchers to conclude that yacon and silymarin may promote healthy heart and liver function.

Dietary Uses

Fresh yacon has a slightly sweet taste and a crunchy texture similar to that of an apple, while its flavor is close to that of watermelon. South Americans eat the tubers, which can range from yellow to purple, as a fruit, with lemon juice and honey, or they add it to fruit salad. You can also stir-fry, roast or bake yacon as a vegetable. Use yacon leaves, also high in inulin, to wrap other foods as you would cabbage or grape leaves, or brew them to make an herbal tea. Yacon syrup and powdered yacon supplements are also available.

Yakon syrup derived from Yakon plant has become very popular recently due to its weight loss and health properties. Provided below is valuable information about this product, including its uses, benefits, and potential side effects. You will learn about different Yakon products in forms of syrup, powder or capsules.

Yakon plant - source of Yakon syrup

There is never a shortage of health products in the market, whether they are weight loss supplements or overall boosters designed to help body systems perform better. The Yakon Syrup is one of the most recent products to invade the Health and Wellness market, and it has made quite a splash that even health care professionals have taken notice. Btw, you can find two different ways this product’s name is written: Yakon syrup or Yacon syrup – it is exactly the same product.

Yakon in All its Forms

Before delving deeper into the Yakon weight loss and health benefits, it is necessary to know and understand the different forms Yakon come in.

Yacon Syrup

This is perhaps the most popular form of this product since it is how Yakon was first introduced in the market. The syrup form also provides the most flexibility in use since it can be consumed purely as a supplement or as a practical sweetener.

Yacon Pills / Capsules

As with most weight loss products, Yakon comes in pill form for easy consumption. It is a lot easier to carry around a bottle of pills without having to worry about spilling it and making a mess in your bag or luggage. As of today, Yakon pills come in bottles at 500mg per capsule.

Yacon Powder

Just like its syrup counterpart, this is meant to be consumed as a supplement or an alternative sweetener for foods and/or beverages. While the shelf life of Yakon syrup and powder is pretty much the same, the latter is much easier to store and can be easily transported without worry of spillage (this is an important point for people who travel a great deal and would like to take their supplements on the road).

Yakon Syrup Benefits

As with most things in life, you probably would want to start with the good news. The benefits of Yacon Syrup, in no particular order, are as follows:

FD 1 syrupRapid and Sustainable Weight Loss

One of the things that sets this product apart from every other weight loss aid in the market at the moment is that Yakon syrup does not only help you lose weight, but it also allows you to keep it off. There are dozens of fairly effective weight loss pills and supplements in the market that work well as far as reduction goes, but not so much when it comes to maintenance. Yakon syrup works very well in terms of curtailing your appetite as well as speeding up metabolic rate, which are both necessary in order to gain significant results.

Many who are new to the idea of using Yakon syrup as a supplement want to know whether this product can provide them with lasting results even after they stop consuming it (or at least cut back on the daily dose). It is good news all around because while it is highly recommended to make this part of your daily health routine, there are no significant drop-offs in quantifiable results if you stop using Yakon syrup.

This is not to say that you will never gain back the weight you lost (it would still depend on whether you revert back to unhealthy eating habits and cut out exercise entirely from your regular routine), because there is a chance you might. However, there is no need to worry about the yo-yo effect, which refers to erratic weight fluctuations that can, in certain serious cases, cause health as well as emotional issues.

For weight loss, it is recommended taking 1 teaspoon of 100% yacon syrup with or before each meal. It can also be used as a sugar substitute, such as in tea or coffee. You can use it in place of syrup or molasses on pancakes or waffles, or add it to oatmeal or fruit. It has been used as an alternative sweetener for diabetics, vegans, and those seeking to reduce sugar intake.

Taking a teaspoon of syrup 3 times a day seems to promise excellent results in as little as 2-3 weeks. In the weight loss studies conducted on Yacon syrup, as much as 70% of the subjects lost 10% to 15% of their total body weight in matter of six to eight weeks of continuous consumption (1-2 times per day).

Blood Sugar Maintenance

Seeing as Yakon syrup is primarily a sweetening agent, it makes for a wonderful substitute to sugar and other artificial/processed sweeteners in the market. This is good news indeed for those who are battling diabetes, or are otherwise concerned with their blood sugar level. In those times when you really cannot do without a little sweetness in your beverage (be it morning coffee or tea), Yakon syrup provides a healthier alternative as it does not increase glucose level in the blood.

Alleviation of Constipation and Other Symptoms of Digestive Distress

People who struggle with weight issues generally do not have the best eating habits to begin with, which can also lead to certain digestive problems such as constipation, persistent flatulence, and even malabsorption of nutrients.

Yakon syrup provides help in this regard by cleansing the digestive tract, specifically the colon as well as the small intestine. Getting rid of toxins as well as deposits of undigested food lodged in the digestive tract is good for promoting better nutritive absorption and preventing bouts with constipation.

Note: The substance FOS or Fructooligosaccharides is not broken down during digestion so it passes through the digestive system intact. On the way out, it takes toxins and free radicals along, effectively cleansing the body.

Potential Side Effects of Yakon Syrup (and other forms of Yakon supplements)

Even some of the best gifts from Mother Nature have certain drawbacks, albeit minor ones. As in the case of Yakon syrup, there are a few caveats that you need to know before deciding to try this product.

Certain drawbacks to using Yakon include the following:

  • Excessive flatulence
  • Loose stool
  • Minor nausea
  • Loss of appetite for extended periods

It is imperative to understand that the potential side effects listed above usually only manifest if you are overdoing (possibly doubling the recommended dosage) your consumption of the syrup (or whatever form you are taking Yakon). In some cases, the digestive distress and flatulence can be experienced during the first few intakes (normally within 2-3 days of first use), just because the body is not used to Yakon syrup.

Most of the time, there is barely any discomfort to expect when using Yakon for the first time as long as you follow the right dosage.

Unless you have a very rare allergy to the Yacon plant, there is no real danger in trying the product at all.

Dr Oz’s Impressions

One of the main reasons why people even bother to look up Yakon on the internet is because it has been extensively endorsed by Dr. Oz (note that Dr. Oz does not actually endorse any specific product or brand, but he does believe in the merit of pure Yakon). When he first introduced this supplement to viewers of his TV show, he stressed the fact that people should use this not just as a weight loss product (although it is its main purpose), but instead an all-around health aid.

Jeannie here- We’ve learned that some experience this syrup solidifying in the bottom of the bottle and since we wanted to enjoy it right down to the last drop we did an experiment–  We started using ours instead of honey and pancake syrup, then I began putting it into the special vinegar drink I have every day. Soooo- when the first bottle was gone, instead of tossing it, I decided to fill it with my vinegar to see what might happen- I did want to make sure the bottle was rinsed out good and I hadn’t wasted any. WOW!! The vinegar began to turn brown from the bit of syrup left in the bottle and I no longer needed to add stevia to my drink in order to tolerate the vinegar taste that I have never cared for- OK, vinegar lovers you may laugh at me, but hear this– we had a nice salad for dinner one night and knowing that some people actually like to put vinegar and oil on their salads- (I’ve never understood that- just eat mine without dressing or have avocado slices on it)- I decided to pour a little vinegar from the yacon bottle on my salad as an experiment. Wow, wow, super-wow!! I’m in love, I’m in love, I’m in love!! From now on I will put this yacon vinegar on my salads!! So delicious- sooo good for me- healthy in every way- and it will be good to the last drop!

After reading many articles, we have decided to end this with a page from the CONSUMER REVIEW.

Where to Buy Yacon Syrup

There are many places where you can buy Yakon syrup. However not all products are the same in purity and strength, as some companies dilute or process at too high a heat. If you are looking for an effective weight loss aid, or just a good healthy pancake syrup that will provide great nutrition and health benefits, you can’t go wrong with Pure Yakon syrup if it is at least 41.39%  FOS, but preferably more. The one we got is 76% FOS and we purchased it from Amazon. So far we’re very happy with it.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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My study of how to achieve and keep good health began when I was 18 and has been my lifelong passion. I have learned much over the years and when my T.O.P.S. group dissolved, I created Talk 'N Share. Life happened and I have not done anything with it until now. Since the beginning of this year I have learned many important things and wish to share with others, who like myself, may find it nearly impossible to lose those last few pounds and maintain the loss already achieved.
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