Emulsifiers, Stabilisers, Thickeners
and Gelling Agents.
Very popular in Japan as a cooking supplement for soups and
stew-like dishes, once cooked, The tuber like plant is reduced
to a substance somewhat stiffer than gelatin. The resultant
material is pressed into blocks and sold like tofu in the grocery
The main substance in konjac is called glucomannan which has
a low calorie content but is rich in dietary fibre. Clinical
studies indicate that konjac may be responsible for weight reduction
and reducing cholesterol in those who have high cholesterol
In the USA, the Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings
about certain confectionary products (jelly type sweets) containing
konjac. The Consumer Product Safety Commission staff and the
Food and Drug Administration consider this type of confectionary
to pose a serious choking risk, particularly to infants, children
and the elderly.
May be found in yoghurt, ice cream, cream cheese, non dairy
creamers and confectionary (sweets).