Yacon Syrup: The New Natural Alternative to Sugar

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Recently I had the opportunity to try out a bottle of Yacon syrup. The company gave me a bottle to try and write a review on. Even though I received the sample for free, this review is my honest opinion and is not sugar coated (pun intended).

So, what is Yacon syrup? Yacon syrup is made from the roots of the yacon plant which look a bit like sweet potatoes. The resulting syrup contains up to 50% fructooligosaccharides which do not increase blood glucose levels (i.e. it’s not digestible which makes this sweetener a low calorie food to boot). The syrup is also a prebiotic which means it feeds the good bacteria in your gut.

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So, now that you know all the nifty nutritional details about Yacon syrup, you may be wondering how it tastes. Let me begin by saying that it tastes nothing like the white granulated sugar you grew up on, nor does it taste like honey, stevia, or any other widely used sweetener on the market except for one… brown sugar.

Yacon syrup tastes a lot like brown sugar or molasses, and even looks a little like molasses in that it is thick and dark. I was using it in my morning oatmeal and it was perfect! It was definitely a new way to add a different flavor to my oatmeal. I now have another option for adding sweetness to my foods, and given that I especially love the molasses-like flavor, it’s a keeper.

One thing to note, yacon syrup is marketed as a supplement, not as a food. The reason for this is that studies have shown that prebiotics can assist in weight loss. If you want to get your hands on a bottle of your own, you can find it on Amazon here. There is also an entire webpage dedicated to recipes that use the syrup which you can find here.

Have you tried yacon syrup before?

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Pamela Bruesehoff

Hi! I'm Pamela and I run Gym Free Fitness. Your one stop for real information. No bro science and no faux science. Just real healthy information.

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