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Intestinal Flora, Weight Loss and how Yacon Can Help

Intestinal Flora, Weight Loss and how Yacon Can Help


You may have heard about yacon’s incredible properties as a low-glycemic sweetener and immune system booster, but did you also know that yacon can assist the body with weight loss? Yacon acts as a pre-biotic which means it supports pro-biotics. Pro-biotics are the beneficial microorganisms that live inside our intestines and help us digest food and absorb nutrients. A new study has revealed the important relationship between healthy intestinal microflora (or microbiota) and weight management.

This fascinating study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition* has confirmed what we have been talking about here at Sunfood for years; the types and quantities of bacteria in our intestines have a direct association with the absorption of our food and calories.

The study observed differences in the microbial populations in the intestines of lean and obese persons. The research showed that changing the nutrients in the subject’s diets directly affected the bacteria in the gut. When the obese subjects lost weight, there was a correlating change to the composition in the microflora of their intestines. As the obese subjects slimmed, their gut microflora became more like that of the leaner subject’s, indicating a direct role of intestinal microbes in obesity. This information has amazing potential for people who need or want weight loss.

Changing your intestinal microflora with pro-biotic superfoods can help with weight loss!

There are many factors that can cause one’s microflora to get out of balance, such as the use of antibiotics or a poor diet, but there are also delicious foods that can help correct the situation.

Yacon is a superfood that plays an intricate and essential role in intestinal flora by acting as a pre-biotic. Yacon is a rich source of a rare type of sugar called FOS (Fructo-oligosaccharides). Even though FOS sugars taste sweet, they are not broken down like other sugars. Instead they pass through the intestines and become food for the “friendly” bacteria, such as the Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus generas. This can help to create an ideal foundation for a healthy intestinal tract.

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How to use Yacon

Use Yacon root syrup as you would honey, agave, stevia, or maple syrup to sweeten smoothies, teas and other recipes.
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