Want to diet but have difficulty in reducing carbohydrates? Rest easy, there's a popular type of Japanese yam that has been found to be an option. Its name is konnyaku and is made of konjac, a plant of the genus Amorphophallus (Japanese sweet potato family). Usually the konnyaku is formed into noodles called shirataki. But it can also be made into many other forms including kwetiau noodles or grains of rice.
Konnyaku is perfect to be consumed as a diet food because it is very low in calories, but high in fiber. Every 100 grams of konnyaku only contains 20 calories, 240 milligrams of sodium, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 3 grams of fiber, 1 gram of sugar and 1 gram of protein.
Some facts about Konnyaku:
*Konnyaku has a texture that is rather rubbery and jelly-like, imitating the chewiness of rice, but it is neutral in taste.
*Konnyaku is suitable for diet consumption because its caloric content is almost zero and does not contain sugar and protein. It also contains absolutely no fat or cholesterol.
*97 percent of the konnyaku content is water. Other ingredients include konnyaku powder and seaweed.
*This food is also a good meat alternative for vegetarians and vegans.
*In Japan, there are two types of konnyaku, namely white and gray. The difference lies in the ingredients. Gray konyy is made using a mixture of seaweed powder. However, in ancient times konyyaku was made from raw sweet potatoes, so the results had a brown or natural gray color due to the skin of sweet potatoes.