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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!
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?