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I fell for a deal on (of all places!) and bought several packages of Konjac linguine, fettucine and angel hair "pasta."  

It's touted as a guilt-free way to substitute for pasta.  It's organic, vegan, has zero: calories, sugar, gluten or soy, while having 9g of fiber per serving.  Sounds great, right?

After I got it, I searched for recipes and found some less-positive info, for example:  first, be sure to cut the strands with scissors because there's a choke hazard (and having used it, I can see why -- chewy stuff!).  Don't eat it all the time because it can block nutrient absorption. 

So I'd love to read what Dee has to say about the stuff.  

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Konjac root is a tuber plant or “yam” unique to Asia.  It contains a type of soluble plant fiber called Glucomannan that expands many times its size when consumed. When you eat it, it makes you feel full with less food.

Some small studies have suggested that Glucomannan aids in lowing blood pressure and assists in regulating blood sugars, and lowers LDL cholesterol.  Small amounts of glucomannan are used in nutritional supplements for these purposes.

When you eat one of these yams, I am sure you get an adequate amount of glucomannan.  However, too much of a good thing is not always advisable.  It takes a great deal more dried konjac root powder to make the noodles, which means that you really have to regulate how much of these noodles you eat, as you mentioned there have been negative health consequences associated with them.

Eating the noodles a few times a month is probably OK, but like with any foods, they should be eaten in moderation and in much smaller amounts than most people eat noodles.


Dee McCaffrey

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thank you!
I was surprised to learn about the potential side effects of what is marketed as a safe food.  (Huh, having written that, why am I surprised?  it's done ALL the time!  

the packages are 8.8 oz, and each package is supposed to be one serving.  I frankly can't see wanting to eat an entire package in one meal.  However, it's worked out well in a casserole, but less well as a substitute for noodles in chicken soup.
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