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Ever wonder if agar-agar has health benefits? This gummy dessert is surprisingly not just pointless sugar and calories

Ever wonder if agar-agar has health benefits? This gummy dessert is surprisingly not just pointless sugar and calories

advertisement Agar-agar doesn’t just refer to “jelly”. For starters, it’s derived from a species of red algae known as gelidium amansii, says nutritionist Sheeba Majmudar . Besides acting as the main ingredient for jellies, agar (as the gelatin is known in a non-confectionary sense) can be used in other applications, says Alvin Wong, a dietitian from the Department of Dietetic and Food Services at Changi General Hospital. Nutritional Punch Ever wonder if agar-agar has any health benefits at all? This gummy dessert is surprisingly not that bad a dish to consume. “Sea vegetables and algae can be an excellent source of nutrients such as protein and fibre,” says Majmudar . Also, agar-agar is made up of polysaccharides that are, in essence, complex carbohydrates – such carbs are broken down into glucose more slowly by the body, resulting in a constant release of energy. This al...

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