Monday, August 11, 2014

Review: Life & Food; Pure Premium Raw Organic Yacon Root Syrup

 Life & Food; Pure Premium Raw Organic Yacon Root Syrup
Rating: ★★
Yacon syrup recently became popular as a weight loss aid, with help I believe from the show Dr. Oz. I'm not a Oz viewer, so I had never heard of it. Still, it intrigued as both a weight loss aid and a natural sweetener. I was curious if if I could use Yacon in place of other sweeteners in my meal. 
The company, Life & Food, states this:

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 remains 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.
I didn't notice any notable weight change, but I've seen others that have said they did. I can say that it does act as a decently flavored sweetener. I placed it in my morning oatmeal, and felt better doing that that my usual alternative, white sugar.   I did taste a bit of a...after taste? Which made me not to want to take it straight. It did have a bit of an unappealing consistency.  I cannot mark it down points for the weight gain as I was more interested in the sweetener aspect and didn't follow the directions to take some every day.

My main problem is the price point. I'm not sure of what it costs the company to obtain and manufacturer this product, but right now it is selling on amazon for $20.27. If you'd like to view the product, you can do so by clicking, here. That is WAY out of my price range for sweetener and even as a weight loss aid, the amount you receive (8 ounces) just doesn't seem worth it to me.

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

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