Is There A Yummy Way To Slim With Seaweed?  In your column recently, a woman asked about a form of seaweed called kanten that helps take off 10 pounds a week.  You explained how to make a kanten jelly snack—but my friends and I tried it and it tasted like rubber!  Is there anything we can do to make kanten taste better so we can lose weight with it, too?

I’ve gotten so used to kanten jelly, I hardly notice that it is quite bland!  But the appetite-suppressing benefits are so amazing that it’s definitely worth tinkering with the recipe to make it more appetizing.  (Kanten helps women consume about 50 percent less calories daily, thanks to its ability to expand in the gut.)  A few suggestions: Follow the basic recipe of adding 4 tsp. of kanten (also known as agar) powder (Now Agar Powder, at to 6 cups of boiling water.  Stir until the powder dissolves, then try infusions like 1/2 tsp. of cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. of vanilla extract, 1 tsp. of the zero-calorie natural sweetener stevia or chunks of fruit.  Chill until the mixture sets.  Or replace the water with unsweetened apple juice.  These adjustments will have you satisfied and slimmer in no time!

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