With virtually no calories and absolutely no fat, Konnyaku is a totally natural food and the answer to dieters’ prayers everywhere. It’s not some Franken-food created in a laboratory – it’s been around for 1,500 years in Japan where it’s considered a health food and was originally introduced as a medicine. It’s actually made from a kind of potato called the Konnyaku and is combined with natural calcium.
So how do you eat it?
The beauty of konnyaku is its versatility – you can buy it in a jelly-like block or made into noodles, known as shirataki noodles. Either can be added to soups, sauces and stir-fries.
It will take on the flavour of your other ingredients and is a great way to fill out dishes without adding calories.
Why is it so low in calories?
Ninety seven percent of Konnyaku is water and the rest is dietary fibre, which means it sweeps through you like nature’s brushes. It is also rich in minerals and has recently been found to normalise the level of cholesterol and sugar in the blood.
The texture is not a familiar one to the Western palate and will take some getting used to. You also need to chew it really well as it does not dissolve in your mouth as you’d imagine it to. Once you get used to it though, it’s a wonderfully healthy food to include in your diet as you don’t need to count the calories.
Yutaka Konnyaku is available in brown and white varieties from major supermarkets with an RRP of £1.60 and also as brown and white shirataki noodles from major suprtmarkets, also with an RRP of £1.60.