What Is Yacon Syrup?

A glass dish filled with yacon syrup

What is yacon syrup, and how can it help you?

Diet and exercise, while vital aspects of a healthy lifestyle, can be difficult. But according to a Dr. Oz study, people trying to meet weight loss goals may be able to get a little dietary help.

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According to Dr. Oz, yacon syrup can help women lose up to 5 lbs. in four weeks. The syrup derives from South America, high in the Andes Mountains, and is considered to be a staple in the Peruvian diet. It is commonly used as a natural sweetener, effectively serving as a substitute for sugar in some ways. Yacon syrup is described as “candy in a jar” and is “similar to molasses,” says Dr. Oz’s study participants, averaging a total of seven calories per teaspoon with a high fiber content.

According to the International Potato Center, yacon syrup contains approximately 30 percent of fructooligosaccharides (FOS) — a type of fructo-polysaccharide used as an alternative sweetener — and also has low levels of simple sugars, such as glucose, fructose, and sucrose.