Glucomannan, the fiber from the konjac plant that is used to make shirataki noodles, can also be purchased as a powder and used as a dietary supplement or as an ingredient in recipes.
Like chia, it can be used as a thickener in dishes such as puddings and sauces and can add bulk while replacing fat.
Also like chia, glucomannan absorbs several times its weight in water and forms a gel in the stomach when eaten. For this reason, it is beneficial for people trying to lose weight because it keeps you feeling full for a long time.
Research into glucomannan has proven that it does indeed promote weight loss. And unlike many other weight loss aids, glucomannan is completely natural and plant-based.
Other research has shown that glucomannan regulates blood sugar levels by delaying stomach emptying and controlling the rate at which sugar is absorbed. Study participants who included glucomannan in their meals maintained lower after-meal blood sugar levels than those who didn’t.
I’ll be looking more into the health benefits of glucomannan and will write about them here. If you have any experience with it, leave a comment and let us know.