Health news: is Konjac the new superfood?
Meet the latest ingredient to possibly gain superfood status: Konjac. This Asian vegetable is similar to a potato in texture and has been hailed for a host of health benefits.
Known as ‘Devil’s Tongue’ for its red, barb-like appearance, Konjac has been used in China, Japan and South East Asia for medicinal purposes. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported after daily consumption over several weeks, benefits such as reduced blood sugar levels and cholesterol were noticed. Rich in fibre, this vegetable is also believed to aid digestion.
There have been a number of superfoods enter the market in recent years, and with Australia’s health food obsession, it seems we’re always on the lookout for the next big thing in health. So is Konjac, the answer? Can we soon consider it a superfood?
While experts call for further in-depth clinical trials, so far the tests show promise. While it may not be high in flavour, brands such as Slim Pasta are using this plant derivative in their product as a substitute for high-kilojoule pastry, suggesting it may be a useful replacement for traditionally used high-carb ingredients.
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