Tuesday, June 03, 2014

***REVIEW*** Yacon Syrup from Life & Food

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
It's here! I've been  pretty excited to try this Yacon Syrup from Life & Food (lifefoodpro.com) because I've been reading up on it ever since I saw the product on Tomoson.com. The item can be found on the Life & Food site or on Amazon.

So, here's what the syrup looks like on a clear plastic spoon.

looks like molasses, doesn't it?
It's pretty viscous looking, but I find that it's not as thick as molasses - though the taste is oddly similar. I actually could pick up a wine-like flavor under the honey-molasses taste of it. It's not bad, but I don't think I will be eating it right off the spoon, or sucking on it like a honey-stick.

Not as thick as it looks
"Made in an FDA regulated facility"

The suggested usage: To take one (1) teaspoon 3 times a day, preferably taken with or before meals. Can be used as a sweetener in your tea/coffee and other beverages. Can be added to various recipes, salads and/or on top of pancakes.

After I read elsewhere online about the possible effects due to the high fiber content, I decided to start with a low usage. First, I put the first teaspoon in my coffee (along with my caramel vanilla creamer!) in place of other sugars. I was worried that it might not be enough to sweeten my 8 or 9 ounces of java. It was enough. My coffee tasted a lot like it does when I use a small amount of raw or brown sugar. Very much like it, but without being as sweet.

So, for my coffee test: check!

Next up, I added a little less than a teaspoon to some iced tea. It was pretty good, but I kind of wanted to add more Yacon. I resisted because, well, you know, that whole high fiber issue...

This is just the first day. I want to wait a couple more weeks before I tell you whether or not it seems to have any effect on my weight or appetite. For now, I just wanted to let you know about the taste of it. I think that, no matter what else, it will be a good natural low-cal substitute for sugar for people who don't want to go the Stevia-Truvia/blue-pink-yellow packet route.

If I can get my sister to use it (consistently) for a couple of weeks, I'll talk with her about whether she sees a difference in her blood-sugar levels. She is diabetic and is currently using Splenda all the time.

Here is info straight from Life & Food (I bolded some points):
Our Yacon (Smallanthus sonchifolius) Syrup is sourced from naturally grown organic Yacon fields in the country of Peru. We use the HIGHEST quality Yacon plant to make a premium pure syrup formula.
Yacon syrup has shown to remain low in calories and low on the glycemic index scale. This is due to the fact that the sugar contains high levels of oligofructose (inulin), a form of sugar that is not metabolized readily by the human body. For this reason, Yacon is ideal for diabetics and acts as a great alternative to conventional low calorie sweeteners.
100% pure Yacon syrup has shown to assist in weight management, increase fiber intake and promotes good bowel function.
Other benefits include: Lowers blood sugar. Prevents and controls hyperglycemia (over activity). Restores renal activity. Is a powerful Antioxidant.
High in prebiotics and probiotics, this syrup contains up to 50% of FOS (fructooligosacharides). It has been found that consumption of FOS does not increase blood glucose, and helps boost your bodies metabolism.
Naturally grown and sourced from the fields in Peru. Organic certified by our manufacturing specialists.
100% pure raw organic syrup formula with no added preservatives. Bottled and tested in a FDA certified GMP facility in the USA.
Of course, the label gives notice that statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and that the product is not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease. (We need those notices because people get way too excited by possibilities...)

The main things I like can be summed up with this graphic:

Did you notice the 100% Satisfaction Guarantee?
GMP= "Good Manufacturing Practice"
Other than using one's own common sense and practicing decent eating habits, what about the claims of the effect on obesity, diabetes, etc.? Well, you can read up on that here. Here is second viewpoint.

Keep watching this space for updates on my personal experience.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.