Yacon syrup has been dubbed a “game-changer” for slow metabolism — and social media is exploding with promises of weight loss. But is the syrup worth the hype?
What is Yacon?
Yacon is an edible root native to regions surrounding the Andes mountains. Like bananas, leeks, onions, garlic and barley, yacon is high in fructooligosaccharides, sweet-tasting and indigestible substances that are often used as a sugar alternative. Fructooligosaccharides have a probiotic effect, helping to promote healthy bacteria in the intestines but also causing stomach upset when taken in large quantities.
The Syrup, The Claims
Yacon syrup has a molasses-like consistency with a flavor similar to figs or raisins. It can be used as a lower calorie substitute for sugar since it has 7 calories per teaspoon (regular table sugar has 15).
Proponents recommend consuming a teaspoon of yacon syrup before each meal to help promote weight loss. Its high fiber content is believed to help increase satiety, making you feel full longer. One small study published in 2009 found a desirable effect for weight loss and insulin levels for women who took a daily dose of yacon syrup for 120 days. (Yacon syrup sells online for about $2.85 per ounce. So using 3 …read more