Dr. Oz: The Yacon Syrup Project

Yacon, a South American root, is considered the next big thing to promote healthy weight loss. It has the potential to  trim waistlines and provides good digestion and regulated blood sugar. The Dr. Oz Show  asked several audience members interested in losing weight to try yacon syrup for 28 days. Here is a summary of the project and the results with explanation from DrOz.com:

The Project:

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

According to DrOz.com, prior studies have demonstrated some promising health benefits from yacon, including weight loss. One 2009 study published in Clinical Nutrition followed 55 obese Argentine women who took about 3-4 teaspoons of yacon syrup over the course of a day. The women were also instructed to slightly reduce their caloric intake and to walk for 45 minutes twice a week. Over 120 days, the women who did not take yacon syrup did not experience significant changes, while the women who did use yacon lost an average of 33 pounds and 4 inches of waist circumference. They also experienced improved insulin levels, a dramatic drop in bad cholesterol and more frequent bowel movements.

Who Should and Shouldn’t Use It:
Yacon syrup may be especially helpful if you:

  • Are overweight or obese
  • Don’t have a lot of fiber in your diet
  • Are constipated
  • Have elevated blood sugar

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