There is a lot of talk these days about natural weight loss using supplements such as glucomannan that have recently become quite popular. But it is one thing to be popular, it is another thing for it to work. And even more importantly it is imperative to know and understand what it is that is being talked about. Being popular is no guarantee that it is either safe or effective.
So What Is Glucomamnan
Glucomannan has a number of names like konjac glucomannan, konjac fiber and even amorphophallus konjac depending on where you see it. But they are all referring to extracts from a plant or the plant itself known as amorphophalluss konjac which is a large single stemmed Asian plant that is native to warm sub-tropical and tropical areas parts of east Asia such as India, Japan and Indonesia. It is perennial plant (lives longer than 2 years) that grows a large corm from a tuber that is sometimes (incorrectly) referred to as a yam.
It is prominent because when the corm is dried it contains about 40% glucomannan and can be processed into into a flour or jelly with essentially zero calories. And it is a common item in the Japanese diet where it is used as an ingredient to make Shirataki Noodles and Konnyaku – both traditional foods continue reading…