I have quite a few recipes in which I use glucomannan powder.
In case you are not familiar with this ingredient, here is a bit more information. Glucomannan (also called gluccie by its aficionados) is a polysaccharide (complex sugar) made from the konjac root. It is used as a fiber.
Glucomannan works in your digestive tract by absorbing water to form a bulky viscous fiber. It makes you feel full faster and longer.
I most often use it as a binder or as a thickener as you would do with cornstarch for example (but without the carb content). I most often use it in my smoothies. It makes them thicker and creamier.
Note that gluccie thickens even more in the presence of heat and/or the longer you blend it. So if you are new to using glucomannan powder know that a little goes a long way. You can always add more if necessary. I have used too much in the past and ended up with a gelatinous unappetizing gelatinous mass. Can you say “ewww?”
Glucomannan is said to be the richest source of fiber and it is very low glycemic.
Glucomannan has the highest molecular weight and strongest viscosity among any dietary fiber known to science. (Molecular weight between 200,000-2,000,000 Daltons). Glucomannan can absorb up to 200 times its weight in water. Glucomannan can create a highly viscous gel from 20,000 to 40,000 cp. Glucomannan can form a reversible or a thermo-non-reversible gel.
Food made with konjac root powder has been used in Asia for centuries. They are used in noodles, tofu, etc.
Glucomannan Powder’s Health Benefits
- Slows the absorption of sugar
- Slows the absorption of cholesterol
- Helps to control blood sugar levels
- Helps to reduce cholesterol levels
- Helps with constipation
- Helps with weight loss
- Helps with type-2 diabetes
Glucomannan Powder Nutritional Information
5 grams of glucomannan powder only contains 5 grams of fiber and nothing else!
I buy my glucomannan powder from iHerb.
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