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Yacon to Maintain a Healthy Weight and Gut

Jennifer Bliss
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You may have seen The Raw Food World’s line of yacon products on the shop website.  Recently, yacon has been in the spotlight because of its positive results with weight loss and healthier digestion.

A study with a live studio audience

Dr. Oz had 60 women in his TV Show audience test Yacon by eating 1 teaspoon before breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 4 weeks.  He asked participants not to change their diet or exercise routine. (1)  During this 28-Day yacon weight loss experiment, 73% of the women lost an average of 3 pounds each and 2 inches off their waists.  68% said they would recommend it to their family and friends. (1)   Participants said it was an effective appetite suppressant that kept them feeling full.  Yacon has about 7 calories per teaspoon, is high in fiber, and boosts metabolism. (1)

A 2009 study published in the medical journal Clinical Nutrition confirmed that yacon syrup is an effective weight-loss tool. (1)  During that study, 55 women lost an average of 33 pounds in 120 days using yacon syrup. (1)

Dr. Neal Barnard is another doctor you may be familiar with

He endorses yacon syrup for weight loss, too, adding that yacon syrup is not a diet pill or supplement, but can be used as a natural sugar substitute. (1)  “Yacon syrup may well help you lose weight and it appears to be safe and easy to use,” said Dr. Barnard, author of 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart. (1)

Why farmers are LOVING yacon

Yacon (also known as the Peruvian ground apple) is drought-resistant and can grow year-round, making it easier for farmers to produce it without compromising their land. (2)  Yacon syrup is normally produced by drying, powdering, and boiling the root until it produces a thick liquid.  Yacon contains potassium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, and 20 amino acids. (2)    Yacon syrup is a great vegan alternative to honey while pumping up your amino acids!

Even farmers in Ireland are growing yacon with success

Yacon is being cultivated outdoors and under-cover by Irish gardeners who note it for being nutritious, tasty, versatile, productive, and easy to grow. (3)  Irish farmers are continuing a tradition of growing Inca food crops (such as yacon) that began with the introduction of the now commonplace potatoes, tomatoes, and peppers. (3)

Whether you are looking for a plant-based way to assist with possible weight loss, looking for a vegan alternative to honey, or even looking for a crop to grow in a drought-prone area, don’t overlook yacon!  You might just be surprised and find something you have been looking for in a root vegetable.

Sources for this article include:
(1) www.examiner.com/article/dr-oz-discusses-metabolism-boosting-diet-and-workout
(2) www.onegreenplanet.org
(3) www.irishtimes.com

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