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February 13, 2016

Have you heard of yacon syrup yet? Well, let me get you up to speed.

Yacon syrup gained quite a bit of notoriety a few years back when it was featured on the Dr. Oz Show. Dr. Oz discussed the benefits and its possible link to weight loss. Although I was very excited to hear about this, I don't take everything I see on TV at face value!

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So, I continued to educate myself about the health benefits and found some interesting information. There's evidence that proves consumption of yacon is linked to weight loss, but most studies have been done on rats. So, although it looks really promising, let's stick with the facts.

Here are the basics:

  • It's an extract from the root of the yacon plant grown in South America.
  • It looks similar to a sweet potato in its whole form but looks and tastes similar to molasses in its liquid form.
  • It's high in antioxidants, prebiotics, and fructooligosaccharides (FOS), which is a dietary fiber that keeps you feeling fuller longer, assists with digestion, and is low glycemic.

Let’s go back to my favorite part of this superfood — the taste. Yacon syrup can be used as a sugar substitute to help keep your body healthy and your taste buds happy.

It tastes amazing as the sweetener in fresh chocolate sauce (see my low-glycemic recipe below) or in other homemade treats.

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Chocolate Sauce

Photo by Laura Marquis

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup refined coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons yacon syrup
  • ¼ cup cacao powder
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Preparation

Mix all wet ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Add cacao powder and whisk until well-blended. Use on anything that requires chocolaty goodness!

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Laura Marquis
Laura Marquis

Laura Marquis is a welcome and inspirational new voice from inside the world of health and fitness. Creator of the Naturally Healthy Desserts, Laura shares these decadent desserts without the refined sugar or the guilt.

Laura is a determined pioneer leading the way to better health. She is a certified Pilates Instructor and owner of Marquis Pilates & Fitness, a boutique studio.

In response to her own lifelong struggles with gluten and dairy intolerance, she researched and developed innovative nutrition programs to benefit her studio clients.

In 2015, Laura also shared her experience with sugar addiction in a brave and compelling TEDx talk Confession of a Sugar Addict in a Sugar Ladened World, at Loyola Marymount University. Most recently she is adding author to her resume. In 2016 Laura will be publishing a raw dessert cookbook, Sweets In The Raw: Naturally Healthy Desserts.