The world of weight loss is again abuzz with the new word on the street – Yacon Molasses. All the excitement stems from a study published by the U.S. National Center for Biotechnical Information on a group of obese women who had high cholesterol and were suffering from chronic constipation . Some of the women were made to take 4 teaspoons of Yacon syrup every day before meals and the rest were given placebos. After 120 days, the women who took Yacon syrup reported significant weight loss at an average of 33 lbs. with about 4 inches off of their waistlines. The same group of women also reported more bowel movements. No such results were found on the other group who took placebos.

Each bottle of Yacon Molasses contains 16 ounces of syrup extracted from the roots of the Yacon plant which is endemic in the Andes Mountains of South America. The syrup contains a high concentration of fructooligosaccharides which is sugar that is resistant to enzymes in the digestive system. This essentially means most of the syrup is not digested until it reaches the large intestine where it interacts with natural digestive bacteria responsible for metabolism. Fructooligosaccharides or FOS encourages the growth of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium – good bacteria which are responsible for inhibiting weight gain. These same bacteria produce short-chain fatty acids that control the production of cholesterol in the liver as well as Ghrelin, an amino acid hormone that stimulate hunger. In short, the high levels of FOS in Yacon syrup deters obesity, lowers cholesterol, and suppresses appetite. Those clever little natural sugars does not stop there. Because FOS work like soluble fibers, they create more bulk that facilitates better bowel movement. In the NCBI study, the women who had chronic constipation had significantly improved stool elimination.

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If, like many desperate weight watchers, you are now hyperventilating from excitement, hold your horses for just a bit. Like many other soluble fibers, consuming too much Yacon syrup at the wrong time can cause problems like diarrhea, flatulence, and nausea. The best way is to start slow at 1 teaspoon an hour before meals. You can use the syrup as sweetener but the FOS will break down at high temperatures so it loses its efficacy when you use it in cooking or baking.

The Yacon syrup looks very promising considering that it targets the roots of obesity head on. However, like the many other products before it, the effectiveness of the product is not the be-all and end-all of the battle against the bulge. Sure, it will work wonders in helping you shed the pounds quicker but the ultimate challenge is keeping the weight off and for this, you would need more than a teaspoon of miracle.

Consider Yacon Molasses as a big, friendly kick in the butt to get you started on the right track to a healthier weight.