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Health benefits of agar-agar: cancer, diabetes, uses

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Health benefits of agar-agar: cancer, diabetes, uses

Agar-agar is a natural gelling agent that reduces appetite. Practical if you pay attention to your figure. It would also help transit if he is lazy. Benefits and instructions for use.

What is agar agar?

Agar-agar is messu from a variety of red algae of the family Gelidiaceae and Gracilariaceae. This galactose polymer, discovered in Japan, is widely used in traditional Japanese and Asian pastries. “The origin is vegetable: agar-agar is made from it dehydration of algae“, underlines Emilie Demoly, dietician-nutritionist, expert in micronutrition, in Paris. Agar-agar is therefore a gelling product, composed of carbohydrates and agarose. It is referred to in the list of food additives under the reference E406. Her compound per 100g:

  • calories: 335 kcal;
  • very low glycemic index: 15;
  • protein: 0.3 g;
  • lipids: 0.1 g;
  • carbohydrates (soluble fiber): 83.2 g;
  • calcium: 500 mg;
  • potassium: 13 mg;
  • magnesium: 12.3 mg;
  • iron: 5 mg;
  • phosphorus: 8.5 mg.

Consisting of 80% fiberIt swells in the stomach to triple its volume, thereby dampening the appetite.underlines Émilie Demoly.

What are its health benefits?

Agar-agar makes it possibleLightens, gelles and compacts culinary preparations. “It may be interesting to introduce it into the diet of overweight people because of its satiating properties,” she specifies.
It can also be very interesting in vegetarian diets as a replacement for animal gelatin.

Does it benefit diabetes?

Agar-agar because of its A low carbohydrate content would have an effect on blood sugar levels. So it could have an interesting impact for people with type 2 diabetes. Research is currently being done to demonstrate this.

Does it have anti-cancer benefits?

The advantage of agar-agar has not been scientifically proven against cancer. It can be a very good ally for people who have swallowing problems or swallowing problems during therapeutic treatments.

Does it have digestive benefits?

Agar-agar has no specific digestive benefits, it has a satiety effect due to the richness in fiber. It therefore stimulates intestinal transit and acts on the microbiota. “It should be avoided in people with fragile intestines. If consumed in high doses, this is indeed the case a real laxative effect” she notes.

Agar-agar should be used occasionally as a culinary aid. “It is often found in the form of flakes, filaments or powder“. It could be an interesting ingredient to replace or use less flour and/or cornstarch. “It has no taste or smell. It can be used in all types of sweet or savory preparations”, adds Émilie Demoly. There are a large number of recipes in which agar-agar can be integrated: “You can slip a few leaves of gelatin into your mousses, pies, jellies, terrines, etc.

How much to consume per day?

Agar-agar is used in very small quantities.and not every day”, she emphasizes. The average amount of agar-agar consumed is 2 to 4 g/liter of liquid.

What are the dangers of agar-agar?

Consuming high doses is said to cause agar-agar flatulence and can have an impact on intestinal transit due to its laxative effect.

Are there contraindications?

There are no contraindications to the use of agar-agar, nor for children, pregnant or lactating women.

With thanks to Émilie Demoly, dietician-nutritionist with expertise in micronutrition, in Paris and Yvelines.

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