Glucomannan powder provides the thickening power and hunger-busting action in this gluten-free, diabetic friendly, primal, Fast Day (FD) libation. Take a break from water with Susie T’s chemistry experiment made good!
Sometimes you’re craving something sweet to drink as a break from the usual–water-water-everywhere. One of the handy beverages we concocted features a hunger-busting tool: glucomannan powder. Glucomannan powder comes from the Japanese yam, aka konjac root or konyaku root. Konjac or glucomannan powder is the dried and powdered form and is a soluble fiber that rapidly and dramatically expands with fluid. Because it rapidly expands when reconstituted, you need to take care when using it. NEVER use glucomannan dry. It will choke you. End of debate. Some companies sell glucomannan in capsules. Many take these capsules daily as an appetite suppressant, but I think even that is risky–especially when you have any issue with swallowing or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). I play it safe and believe in adding liquid to glucomannan, or mixing it in a recipe and cooking it, before consuming glucomannan powder. And glucomannan should never be given to children, the elderly, or pets in any form because of choking risks.
Konjac aka glucomannan powder is the same ingredient used to make shirataki noodles and all the shirataki variations. Glucomannan powder is very versatile and can be used to make dumplings in addition to pasta. It gives low calorie-low carb breads a bit of flexibility and adds moistness to gluten-free recipes. When used properly, glucomannan is a great way to add soluble fiber to your diet without adding calories.
One of Fast Days Healing Days favorite ways to use it is in beverages as a thickener. And a surprisingly refreshing drink is FDHD Long Tall Lemonade. LTL (Long Tall Lemonade) combines tart citrus with a bit of salt and potassium salt, along with a bit of unfiltered apple cider vinegar. We won’t make any health claims, because we don’t roll that way. It’s just a fun and unexpected way to quench thirst, fill you up for a couple of hours and provide a good source of soluble fiber. Hope you’ll try it and let us know how you like it!