Glucomannan

by Maria on October 28, 2009

Dietary fiber is key to weight control. People on a high-fiber diet eat less food and lose weight easily.

I would like to share with you an easy and fun way to lose weight and keep healthy by using the fiber supplement glucomannan in your diet plan. It picks up and removes fat from the colon wall, and prevents obesity.

Glucomannan is an ancient soluble fiber source that can help you stay full, reduce your appetite and thus lose weight and improve your health more effectively than any other soluble fiber. It comes naturally from the root of a plant that is native to Asia, the elephant yam, also known as konjac.

Glucomannan is the most soluble fiber in nature. It has the highest water-holding capacity of any soluble fiber. This swelling action of glucomannan has health and weight loss effects, when you add it to the foods you already enjoy eating.

Tips on how to use glucomannan:

  • Glucomannan is tasteless and odourless and works like a cornstarch, thickening sauces, gravies, soups, stews, casseroles, puddings, and pie fillings without affecting the taste. It is calorie free and gluten free. The ideal dose of powder is 2 grams per serving.
  • When adding glucomannan to a dish, always mix it with a small amount of room temperature or cold liquid (water, stock, soy sauce, wine etc.) until you get a smooth paste, then add this mixture to your food or recipe ingredients. If you add glucomannan directly to hot food, it may lump up on you.
  • Since all of your food will get thicker and more satisfying with glucomannan, make sure to drink at least 250 ml of water with every meal or snack.
  • For the best taste and texture the powder should be mixed thoroughly with whatever liquid you are using (sauce, broth, dressing etc.) To prevent clumps of glucomannan getting stuck into your throat, wait for 2 to 3 minutes for it to soak up whatever liquid you are using.
  • The following foods all work great with glucomannan: applesauce, barbecue sauce, cottage and ricotta cheese, gravy, ground meats, oatmeal, oat bran, hummus , ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, pesto, salad dressing, smoothies, soups, pasta sauce, vegetable dips, yogurt.
  • It is easy to just mix glucomannan into the creamier foods you eat throughout the day.
  • You need not include glucomannan every time you eat.
  • Adding glucomannan to beverages is not recommended.
  • Glucomannan pills are not recommended.

Glucomannan is a very popular fiber product and is used to make various noodles and jellies. Konjac foods are popular in Asian markets.

I hope you will find this information helpful in your endeavours to lose weight and stay healthy.

Good luck!

“You know that it’s time to diet when your doctor tells you that the mysterious rash on your stomach is steering wheel burn.”

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