The Yacon root diet is currently enjoying its time in the limelight as an excellent weight loss aid. However not the entire plant is used in the diet but Yacon syrup which is sweet tasting and has a consistency and texture similar to that of molasses. This is made from juices extracted from the root of the plant which are filtered then evaporated in a manufacturing process that is chemical free and looks a lot like how Maple syrup is made. The plant from which this dark and sweet tasting syrup is made is native to the South Andes Mountains located in South America. The natives of the continent have used the plant for centuries both as a source of food and medicine. The tuber that resembles a sweet potato is believed to be a very powerful medicinal source and improves diabetes, digestive and kidney disorders.
The Yacon root diet recommends taking the capsules on mornings, the syrup a teaspoon of Yacon syrup an hour or a half before meals and then designing a diet that is suited for you and keeping to it. The main bulk of the diet is carried by the syrup. This syrup is one of the world’s best sources of FOS meaning fructooligosaccharides. It has between 40 and 50% of FOS. Other foods like onions, garlic, artichokes and leeks also have FOS but not in such high amounts. These sugars cannot be recognized by the digestive system and are therefore indigestible. This means that their calorie count is about a third of other sugars and may be used as an alternative to sugar although it should not be heated beyond 120 degrees or 248 Fahrenheit as their structure will be broken down. Fructooligosaccharides feed the friendly bacteria found in the gut as well as lowering ghrelin, the hunger hormone to help reduce appetite.
The FOS behaves like a soluble fiber and expands its size when it gets into contact with gastric fluids. This sends false signals tricking the brain into thinking that the stomach is full. This leads to a decrease in the leptin levels effectively suppressing appetite. You are therefore less likely to snack or gorge yourself helping with weight loss and maintenance. The FOS is also a powerful metabolism booster. This is enabled by the metabolites it contains that slow down the release of glucose once the FOS is in the digestive system. This depletes the storage of fat as it has to be used by the body in its metabolism.
According to a study done on a group of participants who participated in the Yacon root diet for 120 days, they saw a decrease in Body Mass Index and moved from the category of obese to overweight, they were also cured of constipation with an increase in stool frequency by 0.77 per day, lowered insulin levels and resistance was also witnessed along with a decrease in bad cholesterol. In a Dr Oz experiment, labeled the Yacon project, 40 women took 1 teaspoon of syrup with each meal for about a month. At the end of the 28 days 29 of them had lost weight with about half of this number losing more than 5 pounds. There was a marked reduction in their waist size losing 1.9 inches with the average weight loss of the entire group tallying at 2.9 pounds. The syrup is recommended for people who are obese or overweight, people who have high blood sugar, those suffering from chronic constipation and want to improve their bowel movements and people who want to increase fiber in their diet.
When looking for the best yacon syrup to get you started on the Yacon root diet, buy one that is 100% pure Yacon which has been extracted directly from its source in the Andes, has an FOS concentration of over 50% for effectiveness, a dosage of 1000mg at the very least and one that has been manufactured by a certified GMP lab to ensure good quality. It is advisable to start with a small dose then graduate as ingesting too much of it will lead to excessive has production because of increasing fiber in your system at a go. Those who have chronic diarrhea or problems with diarrhea should definitely keep away from this diet as it will just make their situation worse.