I don’t know about you, but I love food. I love everything from Thai food, to Mexican, to waffles, to mangoes, to ice cream. However, finding the right food to eat and when to eat it is such a challenge. If I’m being honest, grocery shopping is a headache. Because I haven’t reached health guru status yet, I still get lost in the grocery aisles wondering what the hell I should buy. I hum and haw over recipes and stare off to space in the middle of the store. (Did you know you should try to shop in the outer edges of a grocery store because that’s where the freshest, healthier foods are?)
What’s a girl to do?!
Well, as I do more research, I keep stumbling across gold mines of delectable, satisfying, body awakening foods. Have you heard of “superfoods”? It’s a really popular term that is thrown around in the health world and the name really says it all. Superfoods are foods that contain many health-optimizing properties that promote weight loss, chronic illness reversal, and mental/emotional wholeness. They are foods that should be part of your diet simply because they are so good for you. These foods won’t solve all your problems, usually because health issues are more complicated than just adding in a couple of good foods. However, superfoods will provide a lot of beneficial nutrition that your body desperately needs.
That’s where yacon root comes in.
I discovered yacon root a couple of weeks ago when I was reading an article by Yuri Elkaim, a fitness and nutrition expert (who is awesome, by the way). I did a little research and I was sold on this nifty plant.
Yacon is a perennial daisy grown in South America for their sweet, tuberous roots (yacon root). The tubers contain fructooligosaccharide, which is an indigestible carbohydrate made of fructose. This carb passes through the digestive system without being metabolized, which means that it has a very low caloric impact. It tastes sweet, but instead of going straight to your hips like that jelly-filled donut, it passes right through your system!
Daily consumption of yacon root has been known to contribute to weight loss, as well as lower bad cholesterol and triglycerides which are associated with heart disease. Do you struggle with constipation or diarrhea? Take some yacon root! It has a prebiotic function, which can improve and optimize digestive health and gut fermentation.
You can buy yacon root in pill form or as a syrup. I prefer the syrup because you can put it on toast, add it to smoothies, coffee, or tea, or pour it on waffles as an alternative to other syrups. It’s really sweet and satisfying with minimal effects on your caloric intake and blood sugar!
So if you want to lose weight or you’re just looking for an alternative to unhealthy sweet treats, give yacon root a try! You really can’t go wrong.