Yacon Syrup: Getting This Gem Into Your Everyday Diet
I’ve been concentrating my research efforts onto the latest craze in the diet world; yacon syrup. Made from the concentrated and evaporated liquid of the South American yacon vegetable, the syrup is a low-GI sugar substitute that doesn’t play havoc with your blood sugar levels, due to its high concentration of fructooligosaccharides (FOS).
It has also been shown to help lose weight in a couple of studies, and reduce appetite by its ability to control our hunger hormone, ghrelin. For more information about the numerous health benefits of this syrup, please check out my Yacon Syrup Health Benefits article.
So just how can you work this into your diet?
Many people are starting to take the syrup daily, one teaspoon an hour before meals, and see the benefits. But there are also a large number of people that use the syrup, which is heavy and strong like molasses, into their recipes in place of sugar.
Here are just some of the ways in which you can incorporate it into your meals, if you don’t fancy taking a spoonful throughout the day:
- Flaxmeal pancakes; also made with coconut oil for a gluten-free, tasty health boost
- Candied nuts; you can use pecans, walnuts, macadamia or whatever you fancy, I love them especially with walnuts as they’re not as sweet
- Healthy breakfast oatmeal, for a great start to the day
- Chocolate and vanilla smoothie, you can also make this into a yummy ice cream
- Raw chocolate sauce; pour it over your dessert or flax pancakes, or dip fruit in it and chill, such as raisins, dates or dried banana chips
- Molasses-spiced cookies or chewy ginger cookies; make a roll of them, wrap them in parchment paper and give them as gifts at your next dinner party (whether you want to share the recipe is totally up to you!)
- Cranberry apple brie, I’I’ve served this at parties and it’s been a show-stopper!
It can be a bit expensive though, if you’re substituting for sugar. You need less (around ¾ cup of yacon syrup per cup of sugar), and if you’re substituting yacon for sugar in your favorite recipes, reduce the wet ingredients by 2tbs, a tip offered by myrealfoodlife.com.
So there you go – my favorite recipes as well as some advice on using yacon syrup in baking. Please do share your recipes or provide feedback on any of the above that you try, I’d love to hear your success stories!
Best wishes, Michelle.