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How many have heard of Yacon syrup? Sounds like its been a "thing" since 2013 but I've never heard of it, but there are a lot of things I've never heard of. Yacon is a tuber grown in the Andes Mountain regions in South America. The juice is extracted and converted to a thick syrup. There are ample on-line articles and YouTube videos about it. It is also dried and ground into a flour. Many good things are attributed to its use, but not a lot of studies that confirm nor deny the claims.

There are few studies about it, but a 2009 study demonstrated it did cause weight loss. That link does not give much details but I found more in a recent article from Dr.Michael Eades in his weekly substack blog The Arrow, its #103, titled "Wegovy in a Jar". It's about halfway down the page if you want to skip other things he talks about, which includes his views on Covid, Covid vaccines, politics, latest news, etc. He is a low carb advocate and known for his work "Protein Power". His article does include a link to the full study, but it did not work in my browser. In his blog the following week, he amended an error he made in calculating how much syrup to take. He originally figured 1 teaspoon per 30 pounds of body weight per day but corrected it to 1 teaspoon per 40 pounds of body weight per day.

In 2013, Dr. Oz (almost a cause in itself for me to ignore it) did an experiment on his show with 60 viewers to see if Yacon syrup boosts metabolism and aides weight loss. Some weight loss was achieved but the results are questionable. The article does contain some info about the 2009 study. Here is a YouTube video of Oz's follow up show. There are several YouTube videos of other people's use of Yacon syrup if you want to search for them.

Other studies looked at effects on BG levels, insulin levels, insulin resistance, cholesterol levels. Shorter term studies saw negligible effect but indicate further studies should be done for long term outcomes. One of those short term studies did find lower fasting insulin levels and lower breakfast postprandial BG levels. The human studies I've seen were with overweight pre-menopausal women. There was a rat study that suggested it may boost sagging testosterone levels in men.

Most everywhere I read cautioned for those with IBS, candida, loose bowel issues to avoid taking it. But if you have bouts of constipation it could be worth trying. With the dosages mentioned above, for a 200 lb person, that would be 5 teaspoons a day. 2 teaspoons before 2 meals and 1 before one meal.
 

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Never heard of yacon. Looking it up was interesting; apparently it's related to sunflowers and Jerusalem artichokes and distantly related to jicama (which also has that sweet crunchy watery texture/flavor). I'd certainly try it if I can find it somewhere. Wonder if it would grow in USDA Zone 3? 馃
 

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I think I saw something in about zones 5-8 but not 5a and then I found this forum question about Minnesota specifically.

Even though they are a tuber, they say taste like a mixture of fruits, apple, pear, watermelon and are sold as fruit in their native markets
 

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Huh. Container... (it'll have to be kind of deep for a root crop). Might have to find some yacon tubules (or whatever they call those things; maybe "seed yacon" like "seed potatoes"). Thanks!
 
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