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Glucomannan: The New Weight Loss Secret?
Glucomannan is becoming my favorite new cooking addition
I had never heard of glucomannan before reading Trim Healthy Mama. Since adding it to our pantry, I can’t believe this is such a secret!
What is it???
Glucomannan is a supplement that is made from the roots of the konjac plant. It has been used in Japan for centuries and is knows as the “broom of the intestines.” Can you use glucomannan for weight loss?
It is basically a thickener. It absorbs liquids without changing the flavor and without needing to be heated. It is able to turn 1 cup of liquid into a thick pudding with only using a teaspoon. This also fills you up and keeps you full longer, which can benefit people trying to lose weight. Glucomannan is fiber, so it helps keep you regular too!
How do you use it???
This supplement allows me to fix creamy milkshakes, delicious hot chocolates, puddings, fuel pull cakes, all while staying low carb and low sugar! You can also use it to thick up gravy (recipe in the Trim Healthy Mama book, affiliate link), soups, and sugar free syrups!
It can be used to replace corn starch, flour rouxs, and xanthan gum in most recipes. It has zero carbs or calories, and add no bad aftertaste or slimy texture.
On the plus side, you don’t even have to heat it up to use it. You can whip it up in your cold smoothies and it immediately goes to work. I used it in these Asian Lettuce Wraps to thicken up the sauce.
And you said something about weight loss???
In one study, participants lost an average of 5.5 pounds in eight weeks by adding one gram of glucomannan to their diet one hour before meals – with no other changes! Now that is something to get excited about!
Where do you buy it?
I buy my glucomannan from Amazon. You can probably find it in your local health store too.
I don’t think my kitchen will ever be complete without having glucomannan in the cabinets.
Have you tried Glucomannan yet? What are you favorite ways to use it?
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[…] Most lettuce wraps use a sauce that has been thickened by flour or another off plan thickener. This recipe is unique because it uses Glucomannan Powder (affiliate link). This amazingly versatile low carb thickener is made from the Konjac root. It is tasteless and calorie free. For an even added bonus, it can help keep you full longer and help you lose weight! I’d say that is a win-win situation! Learn more about glucomannan in my post here. […]
never heard of this…never. Will have to look into it.
I know. I am new to it as well. I love using it to thicken gluten free gravies and soups. It is really nice in shakes too.
[…] cooking flour in butter and then basically making a very thick soup from that gravy. What I used as my thickening agent is glucomannan. I love glucomannan so much for thickening up my foods. I use it in milkshakes, puddings, whipped […]
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I also learned about Gluccie when I read Trim Healthy Mama. I’ve been using it for 6 months – mostly to thicken frozen drinks or sugar free fruit sauces.
Isn’t it amazing? I love the stuff. I really can’t believe it isn’t more popular. Most people I talk to about it think I’m crazy for suggesting they use it. It really is a game changer in my kitchen. Thanks for the comment!
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[…] Why do I love glucomannan? It is low carb, low calorie, versatile, sugar free and gluten free. As you will see from these recipes, you can use it in anything as a thickener. From gravy to milkshakes, only your imagination is your limit. Read more about glucomannan here and why it may help you with weight loss. […]
just began reading about this — I’ve heard of Glucomannan, and I want to try it – but perhaps I can answer why it is not more “popular” – It needs a name change – yogurt’s popularity as a food/ health food even before mainstream food suffered from a similar handicap – strange sounding name.
Haha! So true!