Happy Homemaker: Bring Home the Yacon

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Bring Home the Yacon

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.



Yacon Syrup. It can be seen all over the internet-and even Dr. Oz has featured it on his show. (see his video from YouTube below) It is derived of the Yacon Root-a a tuberous root that resembles a sweet potato or a yam. While composed mostly of water and carbohydrates like other root vegetables, the Yacon root contains Inulin, which has been shown in several scientific studies to have positive health benefits.
While Inulin is found in other plant species, Yacon root has been found to contain the greatest amount thus far. It is known for its positive effects on the digestive system and the gastrointestinal tract and is a great prebiotic. 

 When extracted from the root, Yacon syrup makes the perfect natural sweetener and works in several special ways.
Some things that Yacon is known for are:
  • Increases Metabolism and Controls Hunger
  • Provides a feeling of fullness
  • It is low glycemic sweetener--perfect for diabetics or obese individuals
  • Creates Probiotics in the digestive system
  • Stimulates a healthy colon--great for those who suffer from constipation (it's full of fiber!)
  • Helps increase bone density (perfect for women suffering form osteoporosis)
  • Builds the Immune system
Other benefits of Yacon Include:
  • good source of iron
  • increases beneficial micro-flora
  • allows for greater absorption of calcium and magnesium
  • high in antioxidants
  • good source of potassium
  • helps in the absorption of B vitamins
  • does not cause cavities
  • regulates blood sugar levels
  • produces short-chain fatty acids, such as butyrate

 


So, now knowing what it does, let's talk about what to look for in a syrup. First, you want to be sure that the syrup you purchase is 100% Yacon root. I know that sounds like a given, but there are syrups out there that are not in fact 100% but will claim to be pure Yacon root. Second, you want to make sure no preservatives, fillers, or any other additives have been added to the syrup. Although companies may try to convince you these additives do not change the effectiveness or constitution of the syrup, in most cases, they do. It's that simple. You want a pure, additive free syrup.
 
I found a great syrup, that not only is pure and additive free, it is certified organic, GMO and Gluten free, and comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Life and Food 100% Pure Yacon syrup is all of those things and more. While many have claimed Yacon syrup tastes like a mix of molasses and caramel, to me it was more of a fig mixed with prune taste. As weird as that sounds, surprisingly it is actually very good. It is recommended to take a tablespoon of yacon syrup before each meal. It can also be added to coffee, tea, used on pancakes, tastes great in Greek Yogurt, and also is very good in oatmeal.

I haven't been using this syrup long, but I can feel a difference in my appetite and energy levels. I crave less between meals, and even go longer between meals than I used to. I also have a higher energy level and feel healthier overall. I would love to say the pounds are shedding off, but it doesn't technically work that way-it instead aids good digestion and readjusts diet by helping form a better eating schedule by aiding the feeling of fullness.

Because of the constitution of Yacon Root I can use this natural sweetener guilt free because it is a "long chain" sugar meaning it takes longer to digest and does not cause "spikes" in my energy or cause me to crash at all. I am extremely happy with Life and Food Yacon Syrup and recommend it to anyone looking for a great sugar "substitute", a natural sweetener, who suffers from diabetes, or is obese/looking to lose weight. I can't wait to see how much weight I lose after using this for a few months.



Product Description:  

LIFE & FOOD 100% PURE RAW ALL NATURAL YACON SYRUP
 Our Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) Syrup is sourced from naturally grown organic Yacon fields in the country of Peru. We use the HIGHEST quality Yacon plant to make a premium pure syrup formula. Yacon syrup has shown to remains low in calories and low on the glycemic index scale. This is due to the fact that the sugar contains high levels of oligofructose (inulin), a form of sugar that is not metabolized readily by the human body. For this reason, Yacon is ideal for diabetics and acts as a great alternative to conventional low calorie sweeteners.
  • 100% pure Yacon syrup has shown to assist in weight management, increase fiber intake and promotes good bowel function. Other benefits include: Lowers blood sugar. Prevents and controls hyperglycemia (over activity). Restores renal activity. Is a powerful Antioxidant. High in prebiotics and probiotics, this syrup contains up to 50% of FOS (fructooligosacharides). It has been found that consumption of FOS does not increase blood glucose, and helps boost your bodies metabolism. Naturally grown and sourced from the fields in Peru. Organic certified by our manufacturing specialists. 100% pure raw organic syrup formula with no added preservatives. Bottled and tested in a FDA certified GMP facility in the USA.
  Where to Buy:

 ($12.47) http://www.lifefoodpro.com/store/products/100-pure-raw-all-natural-yacon-syrup-8-oz-low-calorie-sweetener-organic-fos-weight-management/
 (also found on Amazon)

 As Seen on Dr. Oz:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45goKbHJx3A    



I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.