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I just ran across info about Konjac Glucomannan. It looks like something that might be great for allergy, GFCF, low carb & anti yeast/fungus diets.

From this web site:

"Konjac glucomannan (KGM) is a water-soluble dietary fiber derived from the root of the Konjac plant. Konjac foods, also called Shirataki Nooldes In Japan, made from Konjac Glucomannan, are traditional Chinese foods with a history spanning over two thousand years. Referred to as Moyu or Juruo in China, and Konnyaku or Shirataki Noodles in Japan, Konjac foods are a popular health food in the Asian markets.

Konjac foods - Shirataki noodles ....

    * are naturally water soluble fiber with no fat, sugar, starch, or protein.
    * contain zero net carbohydrates and zero calories.
    * are wheat and gluten free.
    * pure Vegetable
    * can be stored in the room temperature for about one year. Don't need refrigeration
    * JAS (Japan Agricultural Standard) Cetified Organic
    * are translucent and gelatinous, with no flavor of their own - they easily absorb the dominant flavors of any soup or dish.
    * are instant and come in a variety of styles and shapes - you can simply toss salsa with Konjac instant pasta for a quick meal."

According to this ehow post, it's easy to find & prepare as well:

"Konjac root noodles are available online. The noodles are also available at many Asian grocery stores, at a lower price than online. Safeway grocery stores have also begun offering konjac root noodles.

Prepare to cook the noodles. The konjac root noodles are packaged in water, available in your grocer's refrigerated section. Open the bag of noodles. WARNING: The noodles are going to smell fishy. It's rather odd, but don't let it put you off. Pour the noodles in a strainer and rinse well for a couple minutes. All of the smell will be gone. Put the noodles in a saucepan with fresh water and boil for 3 or 4 minutes. This makes the noodles firm and noodley. Strain."

It can be used other ways as well. Also from the Konjack Foods website:

"Drink it with water:
Three times daily before each meal, briskly stir one level teaspoon konjac powder (about 4 gram) in 1 cup water, drink immediatly before the begins to gel.

Use it as thickener:
Like cornstarch, but with 10 times the viscosity, Konjac Glucomannan powder thickens sauces, gravies, puddings and pie fillings without affecting taste.
Konjac Glucomannan is easy to use, dissolving easily into hot or cold liquids.

Can Konjac pasta be made at home?

In addition to buying Konjac foods in the super market or online, you can them make them yourself. You can easily prepare Konjac foods at home using the following simple recipe:


    * 1 teaspoon of glucomannan (contains 6 grams of soluble fiber.)
    * 1/8 teaspoon of pickling lime, a food grade calcium hydroxide.

Pour 2 cups of cold water into a pot. Stir in a 1/8 teaspoon of pickling lime. Then, add 1 teaspoon of Konjac Glucomannan powder, stirring continuously to a boil. Boil the mixture for about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. A thermally stable (non-reversible) gel is formed once the mixture cools down. Cut gel into small pieces, dip in water or steam about 3-5 minutes and then cook in the way you like. "

Has anyone used this? If so, please post about taste, pros & cons, etc.

Does it feed good gut flora, bad flora, both or is it neutral on gut flora?

Is there any undesirable chemicals or processes used during manufacturing?

Is the pickling lime (food grade calcium hydroxide) used to make noddles with this safe in foods?

I'm really hoping this proves to be something worth adding to our diet.

Blesisngs ~herbalmom

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Re: Konjac Glucomannan Zero Calorie Thickener & Noodles- Info, Recipes, etc
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2010, 07:29:24 AM »
Bump- really hoping that someone knows something about this &/or has tried it. TIA. Blessings ~herbalmom

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Re: Konjac Glucomannan Zero Calorie Thickener & Noodles- Info, Recipes, etc
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2010, 08:23:44 AM »
Well, I am in the same boat as you. . . learning about it and not really sure about the processes, but here's a little something from Dr. Hyman's Blog:

Glucomannan: The Benefits of Super Fiber

Glucomannan (GM) is a soluble, fermentable, and highly viscous dietary fiber that comes from the root of the elephant yam, also known as konjac (Amorphophallus konjac or Amorphophallus rivieri), native to Asia. The konjac tuber has been used for centuries as an herbal remedy and to make traditional foods such as konjac jelly, tofu, and noodles. More recently, purified konjac flour, or GM, has been used as a food stabilizer, gelling agent, and supplement.

What makes this fiber so super is the fact that it can absorb up to 50 times its weight in water -- making it one of the most viscous dietary fibers known.

That means that GM can help you shed pounds. In many studies, doses of 2 to 4 grams of GM per day were well-tolerated. This amount also resulted in significant weight loss in overweight and obese individuals.

GM works by promoting a sense of fullness. Plus, it pushes more calories out through your colon, rather than letting them be absorbed. It also lowers the energy density of the food you eat. In other words, it bulks up food in your gut -- creating a lower calorie content per weight of food you eat.

And since fiber has almost no calories but a lot of weight, adding it to your diet lowers the energy-to-weight ratio of the food that you eat. Studies show that the weight of food controls your appetite, so the fiber increases the food's weight WITHOUT increasing calories -- a critical factor in weight control.

This powerful fiber may also control your appetite in other key ways.

For example, it sends signals to your brain that there is a lot of food in your gut and tells it to slow down on stuffing food in there.

GM also leaves your stomach and small bowel slowly because it is so viscous. By slowing the rate of food absorption from the gut to the bloodstream, GM reduces the amount of insulin produced after a meal, which also controls your appetite.

It may also increase the level of hormones in the gut (such as cholecystokinin), which is another way to control your appetite.

And finally, you lose more calories through stool because GM soaks up all those extra calories!

GM can also help your health in other ways. In addition to weight reduction, GM has been studied for its effects on constipation, serum cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, and insulin resistance syndrome.

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Bumping again does anybody else have any info? TIA.