Dr. Oz: Yacon Syrup Aids Weight Loss

November 4, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

Dr. Oz’s yacon syrup experiment found that some women who took it for a month lost weight. The syrup is extracted from the yacon plant in the Andes Mountains in South America.

The television doctor, born Mehmet Cengiz Oz, asked 60 women to try a teaspoon of yacon syrup for 28 days and around two-thirds completed the month

He said that of the 40 who took the syrup for a month, 29 lost weight; 14 lost five pounds or more but on average, only 2.9 pounds were lost, according to his show’s website.

The average reduction in waist size was 1.9 inches, he added.

And 27 of the women recommended yacon as a weight loss aid.

“Yacon, a South American root which has been part of the Andean diet for hundreds of years, may be the next big thing to promote healthy weight loss,” his website says. “Not only does it have the potential to significantly trim waistlines, it also appears to naturally support good digestion and regulate blood sugar – all without supplements or pills.”

The women were tasked with taking a teaspon of the syrup with or before each meal–breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

“One 2009 study published in Clinical Nutrition followed 55 obese Argentine women who took about 3-4 teaspoons of yacon syrup over the course of a day,” it reads. “The women were also instructed to slightly reduce their caloric intake and to walk for 45 minutes twice a week.”

It added: “Over 120 days, the women who did not take yacon syrup did not experience significant changes, while the women who did use yacon lost an average of 33 pounds and 4 inches of waist circumference.”

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