Konjac Shirataki Noodles/Pasta: The No Carb, No Calorie Noodles/Pasta

By | December 21, 2012

What are Konjac Shirataki Noodles?
Konjac 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 and gelatinous. They come in various styles such as angel hair, fetuccini, rigatoni, penne and linguini. 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 wheat
- no sugar
- no fat
- no starch

Benefits of Shirataki Noodles
1. Blood Sugar Control
Glucomannan in miracle noodles is a highly viscous soluble fiber that slows the digestion and absorption of glucose and carbs. It prevents spikes in after meal blood sugar and insulin levels, thereby improving glycemic control.

2. Cholesterol Control
Bile acids secreted from the gall bladder have cholesterol. Soluble fiber in miracle noodles binds to bile acids in the digestive tract, which are then excreted from the body. This helps to lower bad (LDL) cholesterol in the blood.

3. Weight Management
Shirataki noodles and pasta are a low/no carb, low/no calorie alternative to regular noodles and pasta. The high soluble fiber expands many times its size when coming into contact with liquid in the stomach, thereby creating a sensation of fullness and satiety. They are ideal foods for people on a low carb diet or to be consumed as part of a healthy and calorie controlled diet to support weight management.

4. Relieve Constipation
Glucommanan act as a prebiotic fiber that stimulates the growth of bifidobacteria and lactobacilli. By increasing the concentration of these bacteria, glucomannan promotes bowel movement and helps to relieve constipation in adults and children.

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 supermarkets, Asian grocery stores and online. Check out this site which offers a variety of Shirataki noodles, pasta, rice, konyaku jelly and konjac flour.

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