I’ve always had a sweet tooth- and while I’ve tried to clean up my diet, I’m sure I still eat more refined sugar than I should. I just can’t help it! But recently, thanks to the folks at Quality Encapsulations, I’ve discovered a natural sweetener that is actually good for you! It’s called Yacon Syrup.
Haven’t heard of Yacon Syrup? Neither had I. Apparently it is a popular food in South America, particularly Peru, where it is well known for its healing abilities. The sweet syrup is extracted from the roots of the yacón plant, and because it contains indigestible polysaccharide that consists of fructose called fructooligosaccharides or FOS, it is also a prebiotic, increasing digestive tract health and boosting immunity.
Even better, it can also aid in weight loss. According to a study conducted by Dr. Oz, 29 out of 40 women who completed the test as required lost weight in some form after four weeks. Fourteen of the women reportedly lost five pounds or more, with the average weight loss overall coming in at 2.9 pounds. There also was a 1.9-inch average waist size reduction.
Here’s a look at the Nutrition label:
Not a lot going on there, but I grabbed a bag of refined sugar to compare it to, and the Yacon syrup does fare better, having 13 calories as opposed to cane sugar’s 15, and less than 3g sugar as opposed to 4g. It would appear that the real difference between the two is how it is processed by the body, since the yacon syrup does not cause blood glucose levels to rise (especially important for diabetics). The syrup is also raw and organic, so it would be perfect for those who follow a raw food lifestyle.
I have to be honest and say that I was a little nervous to try it out- but I was very pleasantly surprised by the flavor, which I would describe as something between dried dates and brown sugar. Yum! It’s absolutely delicious. The syrup is pretty thick and has a rich, dark brown color similar to molasses, and is perfect for baking with.
I also used it in tea (which is wonderful!) and poured it into hot cereal (also good) – really, you can use this stuff anywhere you would normally use sugar or honey. I also did some baking/cooking with it, substituting equal parts yacon syrup for sugar. Here are a couple of dishes I was able to make with it (I’ll be posting recipes soon):
I found that it handles heat quite well and adds a wonderful, dark-brown sugar flavor to foods. I could also see it working well in barbeque sauces, vinaigrette dressings, sweet tea, etc. Really there’s no limit, as it’s a very versatile flavor.
If you are looking for a delicious, healthier alternative to sugar or other sweeteners, yacon syrup is an excellent choice. I also love that this product is made in the USA and comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so you can buy with confidence. At $25.49 for 8 fl oz. this should have an appeal to a select demographic.
Yacon syrup is a fantastic natural sweetener for the nutritionally-minded, and provides a lot of health benefits not found in other sweeteners. 5 star rating, if you are considering trying this product, go for it!
Thanks to the people at Quality Encapsulations for providing me a sample of their product in exchange for an honest review!
You can purchase 100% PURE RAW ORGANIC YACON SYRUP EXTRACT by Quality Encapsulations by visiting the following link: http://www.amazon.com/Yacon-Syrup-Metabolism-Booster-Natural/dp/B00GW3KSPQ
Or you can find out more about the company and product at:
So what do you think? Have you already tried Yacon syrup? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below!