Glucomannan: A Super Fiber for Weight Loss & More?!
People in East Asia have used konjac fiber, also known as glucomannan powder, for thousands of years as both food and traditional medicine. The indigenous people of China have used konjac to treat asthma, breast pain, coughs, hernias, burns and various skin disorders. Fast-forward to present day and scientific studies have revealed that supplementing with konjac glucomannan can significantly lower plasma cholesterol, improve carbohydrate metabolism, encourage bowel movements and promote a healthy colon
There are plenty of different foods and ingredients that are cropping up in the market that promise great health and weight loss benefits. Some claim to have been around for years but have only just been re-discovered by modern manufacturers and retailers. One such ingredient or food that has started to gain popularity is the konjac plant/root. Although some may say it’s another ‘fad’ food to encourage sales, there are actually some great health benefits to the konjac plant you should know about.
Glucomannan, from konjac root, is a form of beneficial soluble fiber that can improve bowel health, blood sugar and lipids, and other health conditions. It can also help you lose fat and stay lean by improving satiety and appetite hormones.
If you're following the the low-carb craze, or battle gluten intolerance, you've no doubt had a craving for pasta every now and again. Pasta itself doesn't contain much nutrition (it's basically flour, egg and water after all), but the high carbohydrate content combined with a creamy sauce is any dieters undoing.
Effect of glucomannan on plasma lipid and glucose concentrations, body weight, and blood pressure: systematic review and meta-analysis
In 2008 a meta-analysis published in the American Journal of Nutrition summarized 14 different studies based on human clinical trials done over 23 years, 531 subjects with specific attributes (obese, hyperlipidemic, hypertensive, type 2 DM, men, women and children). The subjects were given various doses of glucomannan or control placebos. Results suggest glucomannan beneficially affects total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, body weight and fasting blood glucose.
Have we found the perfect noodle for a Paleo diet or 28 Day Natural Eating Plan?
One great tool we’ve been putting our clients onto, to help live a Paleo/Primal style diet, is Konjac or Shirataki noodles. Especially good for those new to a paleo lifestyle and are missing things like noodles and pasta.