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Konnyaku potato, also known as Amorphophalms konjac, belongs to the Wax family (Araceae) is a plant that has been cultivated in many Asian countries such as Japan, China, India, Vietnam ... to get tubers as raw materials for food processing, food additives and functional foods.

Konjac tubers are mainly processed into konjac powder, the main ingredient is Glucomannan. It is a water-soluble polysaccharide macromolecule, made up of the structural units D-glucose and D-mannose linked together by a β-1,4-glycoside bond. With ingredients and special physico-chemical properties such as low protein, low fat, high fiber, strong water absorption, high hatchability rate and containing many vitamins and minerals, konjac powder is being widely applied in the fields of food, chemistry, medical ... In the food industry, konjac powder is being applied to create many vegetarian food lines with many good uses for health: konjac noodles, konjac rice, konjac jelly, snacks from konjac ...

Here are 5 amazing health benefits from vegetarian konjac: 

1. Supports weight lose

Vegetarian food from konjac has very low calories, only about 10-30 calories/100g. Glucomannan in konjac powder has a long and twisted molecular structure, which gives it a very high ability to absorb water. When dissolved in water, glucomannan will form a viscous gel, which slows down the digestion and absorption of food. Therefore, vegetarian food from konjac is the ideal food for some weight loss diets such as Keto, Das, Lowcarb ,...

2. Stabilizes blood sugar levels, control diabetes

The glucomannan in konjac can help slow down the digestion of carbohydrates, which in turn helps stabilize blood sugar levels. Besides, konjac has also shown to control diabetes. Konjac vegetarian food contains very little starch and sugar, and has an abundant fiber content, so it can replace starchy foods in the diet of people with diabetes, without increasing the glycemic index.  

3. Improves digestion

The glucomannan fiber in konjac is soluble fiber, which can help soften stools and promote bowel movements. This can help prevent constipation and other digestive problems.

4. Lowers cholesterol

The glucomannan fiber in konjac can help lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol). Studies have experimented to determine the amount of glucomannan needed to improve cholesterol levels and have shown that 3 grams of glucomannan per day helps keep cholesterol levels at a stable level.

5. Improves skin health

Glucomannan contributes to water retention in the body while preventing the absorption of toxins in food to help smooth, white, ... In addition, it helps reduce acne and improve skin health, reduces allergic reactions and improves wound healing.

Currently, Asia Food Chemicals Joint Stock Company (AFCHEM) is supplying konjac powder raw materials to the market as well as researching and developing vegetarian products from this powder. With great benefits for human health, konjac vegetarian food are potential products that will become more popular and developed in the future.

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