Konjac Gum, CAS# 37220-17-0, is a polysaccharide manufactured through plant extraction, available as White or light yellow fine powder. Konjac Gum is widely used as thickeners. It is widely accepted as safe food additive in many countries with E number E425.Is there some safety and/or health risk about Konjac Gum that consumers need to know? Let's check out some basic facts about this ingredient.
Generally recognized as safe(GRAS) is a FDA designation that a specific substance or ingredient is generally considered safe by experts, and so is exempted from the usual Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) food additive tolerance requirements. Konjac Gum is perfectly safe for using as food additives.
As Konjac Gum is widely known as safe, there is no limit on dosage of intake. However, we still recommend consumers to consult professionals before using large quantity of Konjac Gum for long period.
Special groups refer to newborns, children, pregnant and any other applicable vulnerable groups.
There is no evidence that Konjac Gum could have any negative effects on these vulnerable groups. It should be safe to use Konjac Gum in food for newborns and pregnant. However, we still recommend consumers to consult professionals before using large quantity of Konjac Gum for long period in food for newborns or pregnant.
Konjac gum is widely used as weight loss supplement and food thickener. No significant side effects reported.
No health issues about Konjac Gum reported up to now.
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Author: Zhang C, Chen JD, Yang FQ.
2. Effects of konjac glucomannan, inulin and cellulose on acute colonic responses to genotoxic azoxymethane. [Food Chem. 2014 Jul 15]
Author: Wu WT, Yang LC, Chen HL.