At first glance, the yacon plant looks like any other plant.
But it doesn’t take long to realize that this plant is special. The yacon plant is special for its roots, its leaves, and its sap. And that’s why Canadians have fallen in love with this special plant.
Yacon roots can be used to create yacon syrup. Yacon syrup is packed with powerful ingredients that have been scientifically linked to a number of important benefits, including:
-Reduced LDL cholesterol
-Healthier blood glucose levels
Yacon syrup is particularly popular among those who are overweight or diabetic. Diabetics love yacon syrup because it has a glycemic index of just 1, despite having a similar sweetness to honey.
Meanwhile, those who are overweight like taking yacon syrup because it has been linked to powerful weight loss results. In multiple scientific studies, adding yacon syrup to a woman’s diet was shown to lead to weight loss – even when the woman’s diet and exercise routine remained unchanged.
Why is yacon syrup so popular in Canada? We’ve boiled it down to three main reasons
1) Appearance on the Dr. Oz Show
Dr. Oz heard about yacon syrup and wanted to test its weight loss effects. So he gathered a group of 60 women and told them to consume one teaspoon of yacon syrup with breakfast, lunch, and dinner for a four week period.
The women were told not to change their existing diet or exercise habits.
By the end of the four week period, 40 women had successfully completed the test. Of those 40 women:
-29 women (73%) lost weight
-14 women lost more than five pounds
-Average weight loss was 2.9 pounds and the average reduction in waist size was 1.9 inches
Remember, these results occurred with no changes to a diet or exercise routine. Imagine how powerful the effects could be with a healthy diet and exercise routine!!
The Dr. Oz Show is on every day on CTV at 5PM eastern time. Hundreds of thousands of Canadian viewers tune into the show every week. When Dr. Oz revealed the results of his study, we understandably got excited.
2) We prefer natural weight loss over artificial diet pills
Let’s face it: Americans love an easy solution. That’s why the diet pill industry is a billion dollar industry in the States.
In Canada, we have strict food regulations, and these regulations ban many diet pills and other scam products from our country. That’s a good thing.
Yacon syrup is not a diet pill. It’s an organic, natural product extracted from the root of a plant that grows indigenously in South America.
So when a diet product like yacon is openly sold in Canada, it shows that it’s legal and legitimate.
Yes, some Canadians take diet pills. These people are often forced to order these pills online from shady retailers. Would you really want to swallow one of those pills every day? Probably not.
You can order yacon syrup from health food stores across the country and legitimate online retailers. Canadians appreciate that.
Yacon syrup can be added to many different food recipes. You can pour it over ice cream for a sweet dessert. Or, you can use it to glaze a chicken. It’s natural, healthy, and most importantly: effective.
3) Enjoy sweetness without spiking blood glucose
Yacon syrup is prized for its weight loss benefits. But it also helps your body in a number of other ways.
It’s particularly popular with diabetics, for example, due to its perfect sweetness level and low glycemic index.
You see, the active ingredient in yacon is called fructooligosaccharides (FOS). These bizarre-sounding compounds are a type of sugar. Your intestines do not recognize FOS but your tongue does. That means you get all of the sweetness of sugar with none of the calories.
The Canadian Diabetes Association recommends using ‘nutritive’ (i.e. natural) sweeteners over artificial sweeteners, making yacon syrup a popular choice for diabetics.
Consuming regular sugar causes your blood glucose levels to spike. Your body absorbs the sugar and deploys insulin to combat it. Yacon syrup’s two main ingredients are fructooligosaccharides and inulin, both of which pass through the body without spiking blood glucose levels.
Want to add sweetness to your diet while managing blood glucose? Yacon syrup is perfect for that.
4) Lower levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol
Millions of Canadians have unhealthy cholesterol levels. It’s tough to avoid – especially as you get older.
But yacon syrup is one method Canadians are using to lower their bad cholesterol levels.
In a 2009 study, yacon syrup was shown to reduce levels of Low-density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. LDL is the bad kind of cholesterol. Sometimes, you get high LDL cholesterol from a poor diet; in other cases, it’s simply genetics.
Canadians with high cholesterol are at risk of heart attacks, strokes, and other serious problems. Yacon has been scientifically proven to reduce LDL cholesterol levels, which has the power to change someone’s life.
5) And more benefits!
Why take five different health supplements when you can take only one?
Yacon syrup has been linked to weight loss, lower cholesterol, and healthier blood glucose levels. But it’s also been connected to other benefits.
-A 2010 study on yacon showed that yacon “potentially reduced the promotion and progression of chemically-induced mammary carcinogenesis” in rats, which means that yacon could potentially reduce the risk of breast cancer in women
-Yacon syrup is high in fiber, which can help cure constipation. In one 2008 study, yacon syrup was shown to reduce digestive time from 60 hours to 40 hours.
-Medical doctors are starting to support yacon for all of the benefits listed above, as seen here.
Even if you ignore all of these other benefits, some Canadians enjoy yacon simply because it tastes good! It’s slightly less sweet than honey and can be used in desserts, breakfasts, salads, and savory dinners.