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Have the need for something sweet but don’t want to face the dreaded and deadly sugar crash? Look no further: with half the calories but still sweet like sugar, yacon syrup is the perfect healthy alternative to have kickin’ around your pantry.
Yacon syrup is a natural sweetener that resembles a potato in its whole form and molasses in its liquid form.
WHAT IS IT THOUGH?
Yacon (pronounced yah-KON) originates from the roots of the Yacon plant in South America. Containing up to a dozen clusters of roots, the juices are extracted and filtered to produce the natural dark syrup
Yacon syrup has high levels of fructooligosaccharies (FOS), which are prebiotics that are unrecognizable by the digestive system and therefore left undigested. When they do find the large intestine, they encourage the growth of two good bacteria in the gut. This not only improves the digestive process but also can be an aid when fighting issues such as IBS or constipation.
In a study published on Dr. Oz, a group of overweight woman used yacon over the course of four months and lost an average of two pounds per week. Further more, a study published in Clinical Nutrition states that a daily intake of yacon syrup helped a group of obese participants achieve substantial weight loss over a 120 days while decreasing their appetite thanks to the high level of soluble fiber.
Increased Bone Health:
Consuming yacon syrup can help increase calcium absorption and preserve bone mass thanks to the high levels of FOS. Research published in the Journal of Medicinal Food reports that the molasses like syrup has found a rise in the amount of calcium and magnesium in the body’s bones.
Though there is limited research, yacon syrup has demonstrated its ability to be a future cancer-fighting food. In a 2011 study on cervical cancer cells, the journal Fitoterapia discovered the decreasing growth and reproduction of cancerous cells through the properties of the dark syrup.
HOW TO ENJOY :
Finding ways to incorporate yacon syrup into your meals is a piece of cake. Ideal for baking, it can also be added to smoothies, coffee, yogurt, sauces and dressings for that added sweet but healthy touch. Even quicker – enjoy by the spoonful! Recipe ideas are easily accessible online or if you are looking for specifics, contact a local nutritionist or health coach.
WHERE CAN I GET IT?
Purchase yacon syrup at local health food stores such as Planet Organic or Holland and Barrett. For added convenience, you can order it online and also read several reviews of various brands.