Konjac, the latest slimming secret

Zero calories and detoxifying virtues ... In Japan, this root stuffed qualities commonly eats. Investigation of gifted to slip on our plates!

Konjac old two thousand years

Soon Spring! And with good weather, the test of jersey that approach. We have said enough that wild schemes were doomed to failure. Rest we dream of perfect silhouette in its slim and beach ... For this, there is an unknown but devilishly effective food: konjac! In Japan, where it is consumed for over two thousand years, it is never far chopsticks. Japanese living in France and author of "Detox 100% vitality" (1), Chico Shigeta always ate konjac. "My grandmother was preparing itself. Today, I put in stews, salads, vegetables, pasta. "For us, it is sometimes prescribed as an appetite suppressant capsules and is often crosses as additive (E425). "The good news is that konjac can be consumed by everyone. And it has its place in a balanced diet, "explained Anne Dufour and Carole Garnier in" My magic recipes konjac and shiratakis "(2). Here's why.

(1) Ed. Marabout. (2) Ed. Leduc.S.

What's the konjac?

A plant of the Araceae family, called Amorphophallus konjac yam and related to cultivated throughout Asia. His enormous tuber (up to 80 cm in circumference) is reduced to a fine white powder, a basic ingredient in Asian cuisine, then turned into block or vermicelli.

Where konjac?

If Konjac capsules are found in pharmacies, konnyaku and shiratakis will unearth in Asian grocery stores or on the Internet (,,, ). Count about 3 to € 5 200 g to konnyaku and shiratakis. Most ? Konjac will keep for several months in its packaging.

A special food

Attention konjac contains no vitamins or minerals! It must therefore be integrated in a diversified diet, rich in vegetables. But it has many other virtues.

Light : Konjac contains a soluble fiber, glucomannan. In the presence of a liquid, it absorbs up to 100 times its volume of water, being a viscous gel that traps fats and sugars. With 3 calories per 100 g, konjac flat seam beats other slimming foods (10 calories per 100 g cucumber)!

Detox In Japan, it is eaten to cleanse the bowel. In fact, in passing through this body, it captures the toxins it helps éliminer.Riche fiber: the natural source richest in fibers possible. If oat bran contains 14% konjac, it displays 64% (on dry matter). So, it helps regulate lazy transits. Moreover, "it is a very interesting prebiotic that helps feed the microorganisms in our gut," adds Catherine Serfaty-Lacrosnière, nutritionist (3).

Hunger : Konjac advantage is that, when you eat, it fills the stomach. It was therefore less hungry. Besides, it is one of the few foods that can display a claim "weight loss" granted by the European authorities. However, it has no effect on cravings for sugar, fat, salt or food drives.

Balancing : Beyond its slimming qualities, konjac helps stabilize blood sugar and cholesterol levels. In case of diabetes, you should speak with their doctor, as it can alter the effectiveness of some médicaments.Neutre: difficult to define the taste of konjac. It's a bit elastic, neutral palate, firm and transparent ... Heat resistant, it adapts to many preparations.

(3) Author of "anti-inflammatory diet Secrets" (ed. Albin Michel).

How to consume?

In block : While it is called konnyaku, is white (sweeter) or gray (slightly stronger taste). After rinsing, it is scalded one minute and re-rinsed. this block is cut into pieces more or less fat before cooking. Gratin with vegetables: blanch 5 minutes in boiling water 200 g of broccoli florets + 1 zucchini cut into 1 cm slices. Place in a small baking dish with a dozen cherry tomatoes + few black olives + 100 g konnyaku into cubes of 3 x 3 cm. Cover with a mixture of 2 eggs + 20 cl milk + 2 c. tablespoons flour + salt + pepper. Bake 25 min at 180 ° C (th. 6). Fruit salad: mix the pieces of pear 1 + 1/2 + 1/2 Victoria pineapple grapefruit + 25 g of konnyaku cut into very small pieces. Add the juice of 2 oranges and some chopped mint. Let stand overnight in the refrigerator.

vermicelli : Known as the shiratakis. The "pasta" konjac are eaten as spaghetti. Before cooking, rinse them, scalding 1 min and re-rinsing.

Shiratakis to Korean: marinate 10 minutes 100 g of minced beef fillet with 1/2 garlic clove, chopped + 1 c. soy sauce + 1 c. tablespoon sesame oil + 1 pinch of baking soda. In a frying pan fry 1 onion + 1 small sliced ​​carrot. Add the meat, then 100g baby spinach, and cook. Finish by adding 150 g of shiratakis scalded. Season with soy sauce and sesame seeds.

Shiratakis + + zucchini pesto: Sauté 1 onion + 1 zucchini into cubes. In a dish, mix with 150 g of boiled shiratakis + 1 handle toasted pine nuts + 1 c. tablespoons pesto + chopped parsley and mint.

Thai Curry Shrimp: in a pan, fry 1 c. Coffee Thai red curry. Moisten with 20 cl of coconut milk. Add 1/2 green pepper, chopped 50g + Pineapple + a dozen large shrimp. Cook for 10 minutes. Serve with shiratakis and coriander.

Capsules and powder : It is recommended to take 1 or 2 capsules or sachets with a large glass of water 30 minutes before meals once or twice a day. Our favorite: Arkopharma Konjac (about 6 € 45 capsules) Diet Partner Phase Innéov Attack (18 € 15 bags).

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