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.