2009年4月18日土曜日

Zero Calorie Kanten Jelly Sweetened with Stevia

I found this product in a local convenience store so I thought I would give it a whirl. I glanced at the ingredient list and saw that it was made from Kanten(agar agar) and was sweetened with Stevia.

I was really excited about trying this new LC product because it fit my needs of being LC, high in fiber (kanten is 80% fiber)and sweetened naturally. However, upon tasting it..I found it to be rather bland and the texture was a little off. There was also a strange LC aftertaste that I usually find with products sweetened with Splenda. So I double checked the ingredient list and sure enough farther down the list I found sucralose, aspartame and one other sweetener that ends in a K that I don't know the English for.

After eating the jelly I was satiated for quite a while as Kanten triples in size once ingested and absorbs water. Overall, it's not something I will eat regularly but if I am on the road and I need a snack, well, its a safe bet to tide me over till I can get some real wholesome LC food.

A little about Kanten(agar agar)

Kanten is a gelatinous substance derived from Tengusa seaweed. That has been used in many Japanese desserts for centuries. Kanten can be used as a laxative,thickener for soups or even a vegetarian gelatin substitute. Because of its natural ability to triple in size once ingested it has become a very popular fad diet here in Asia.

I am going to come up with some new recipes to use this product(kanten not the jelly) that I hope will tickle the taste buds and be wholesome as well. One can only stand so much psyllium husks while living LC.





2 件のコメント:

Erika さんのコメント...

Definitely a good find for a long road trip between stops, just as you said.

I always find agar jellies hard on the tastebuds too. Is there no gelatin version?

Keep up the good work!

Low Carber さんのコメント...

Actually there is.. I will do another product review soon..that is more traditional for westerners..but here in Japan they prefer the Kanten..

But I have an idea to make a key lime sour cream and cream cheese desert using agar.. will start playing with it soon and hopefully come up with something on my own that is easy on the taste buds :)