Dr Oz: How to Use Yacon Syrup
Could yacon syrup be the weight loss game changer you have been waiting for? Dr. Oz says the research shows promise, but before everyone goes running to the store to buy it he wanted to conduct his own experiment to see how well it really works. Dr. Oz sent yacon syrup to 60 women and asked them to eat 1 teaspoon before breakfast, lunch and dinner for four weeks. He also asked them to do nothing else different with their diet and to not do any additional exercise. Here is what some of them had to say:
- Weight loss benefits
- More frequent bowel movements, which one woman says got to be inconvenient
- Most found it easy to incorporate into their diet
Dr. Oz says he did not expect all of the women to love yacon syrup, but he wanted to get a good picture of what they all thought.
Dr Oz: Yacon Syrup Weight Loss Experiment Results
Here are the overall results of Dr. Oz’s unofficial 28-Day Yacon Syrup weight loss experiment:
- 40 of the 60 women completed the experiment.
- Average inches lost per person – 1.9
- Average pounds lost per person – 2.9
- Percentage of women who lost weight – 73%
- Percentage of women who would recommend Yacon Syrup to others – 68%
Dr. Oz: Is Yacon Syrup Right for You?
Dr. Oz took his yacon syrup experiment one step further and asked some highly respected medical professionals what they think of yacon syrup and its ability to help with weight loss. Obesity specialist Dr. Garth Davis says the studies look promising, but he has some concerns because one study does not provide enough information.
He is also worried that people will reach for yacon syrup and look at it like a “magic pill” to help them lose weight quickly, which is the type of mentality that brought our country to such a huge obesity epidemic in the first place. Dr. Davis says he would ultimately rather see patients add more fruits and vegetables to their diet than a syrup that was manufactured from a fruit in the Andes.
Dr Oz: Medical Professionals Weigh in on Benefits of Yacon Syrup
Registered dietitian Leslie Bonci says at the end of the day, weight loss success is about finding balance. She says while yacon syrup might work great as a healthier sugar-substitute, it still comes down to doing everything else necessary to lose weight, like eating better and exercising regularly. A few other medical professionals provided Dr. Oz with their personal opinions about yacon syrup.
Dr. Michael Roizen – “Based on available data, yes it is worth trying, but keep exercising, avoiding the 5 food felons and managing stress. It is especially worth a try if you have hit a plateau.”
Dr. Lou Arrone – “The study is small, preliminary and pilot and given the incidence of adverse events that you have seen I would not be enthusiastic about the general public being told that yacon syrup is the next thing to try.”
Dr. Neal Barnard – “Yacon syrup may well help you lose weight and it appears to be safe and easy to use. It is generally worth a try.”
Dr Oz: Yacon Syrup Recommendation
Dr. Oz says says three of the six experts he spoke to would recommend trying yacon syrup, but he broke the tie and offered his personal recommendation.
Dr. Oz says he agrees with Dr. Neal Barnard and he loves that is it a natural food you can add to your diet, rather than a pill or supplement. Yacon syrup might not be everyone, but he believes if you just use it to replace your regular sugar, it is worth a try.