My coworker, who's 45 years old, eats Tokoroten before his lunch every day. I asked why? He replied that it is popular as a new diet method, he has lost 2 kg already after two weeks. Hmm I did not know that, so as a health geek, of course I checked it out.
In this diet, you drink a small cup of Kanten or Tokoroten before your regular meal. That is all. Kanten or Tokoroten? Well, you may think Kanten and Tokoroten are same stuff agar agar. Some sites say "way to make is different" or "a kind of material (Seaweed) is different" but I don't think these are a big difference. The difference between them would be "how to serve", we eat Tokoroten like this itself (in Kanto area with sour sauce, in Kansan area with sweet sauce. One difference between east and west.) We eat kanten like this with other fruits, muosse, sweetbeans-anko and also use agar (kanten) powder as a coagulating agent.
Anyway the boom began with a TV show. AruAru Daijiten is a popular TV show about health and wellness, and they had a Kanten / Tokoroten special last month. In the TV show they introduced this UK medical magazine's research. Kanten / Tokoroten have 7 effects for your health.
- Relief of constipation : 81.2% of them is fiber. wow what a rich fiber food!
- Calory is zero : yes zero. Because they are made from sea weed.
- Feel full long time: Fibers move slowly in your stomach without absorption.
- Refrain absorption of sugar. Your sugar in blood rise very slowly.
- Decrease cholesterole
- Burn your fat out without excersice.
- Rise your body metabolism because of peristaltic motion of your bowl.
Wow perfect! Actually on the TV show, people who ate Kanten for only two weeks had a really good result with their blood pressure, weight and cholesterol.
Okay I will start to eat Tokoroten and Kanten, it is very easy to get anywhere in Japan. Tokoroten is apparently better for dieting because like I said, in Kanto we eat it with sour sauce. It means Tokoroten is very close to a zero calorie food. If you are in Japan, or come to Japan, please try it at Japanese style cafe. Here is my magazine part 1 & part 2.
And if you try this at home, here are some sweet recipes. Awayuki, Mousse, Coconut jelly! Sounds delicious right? You want to know a lower calorie recipe? I understand, this is soup jelly. And this is a basic jelly recipe, you can use soup stock and vegetables as you want. Try it!