Shirataki Noodles: The No Carb & No Calorie Noodles

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What are Shirataki Noodles?
Shirataki noodles are made from the root of the Konjac plant (similar to yam).

The primary component of the konjac root is glucomannan which is a water soluble dietary fiber. It can be made into konjac glucomannan foods such as noodles, rice, pasta, jelly (konyaku), etc.

Appearance and Taste of Shirataki Noodles
Shirataki noodles are translucent, gelatinous and come in various shapes and forms. Although tasteless, they can easily absorb the flavours of any soup, dish or sauce.

Features of Shirataki Noodles
– no carb
– no calorie
– no gluten
– no sugar
– no fat
– no starch

Benefits of Shirataki Noodles
1. High fiber
Shirataki noodles are high in water soluble fiber (glucomannan) that:
– expands many times its size when coming into contact with water in the stomach, thereby creating a sensation of fullness and satiety.
– slows the digestion and absorption of glucose and carbs, thereby preventing spikes in insulin and blood sugar levels.
– binds to bile acids in the digestive tract, which are then excreted from the body. This helps to lower cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood since bile acids have cholesterol.
– promotes regular bowel movement.

2. No carb and calorie
Shirataki noodles are carb free and calorie free alternative to regular noodles and pasta. Their high soluble fiber expands in the digestive tract to fill you up and slow digestion. Therefore, they are ideal foods for people who on a low carb diet or to be consumed as part of a healthy and calorie controlled diet to support weight management.

3. No gluten
Shirataki noodles contain no gluten. People who are sensitive or intolerant to gluten can substitute shirataki noodles for wheat noodles and pasta.

How to Cook Shirataki Noodles?
Shirataki noodles are pre-cooked and packaged in water. To prepare, drain the water and rinse noodles in a colander thoroughly. Place noodles in boiling water, let them boil for a minute and drain well. They can be used in stir fry, soup, salad and as pasta.

Where to Buy Shirataki Noodles?
Available at Asian grocery stores and online. This site offers a variety of Shirataki noodles as well as pasta, rice and jelly.

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