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Monday, March 5, 2012

I have a New Favorite Food: Konjac Shirataki Noodles! They have zero net carbohydrates and zero calories!

Since being on my diet I have stayed away from pasta. It’s just one of those foods I just can’t eat one serving of. Then, I was on the web and saw an ad for Miraclenoodles and visited the site. They come in every type of pasta you would normally find in the store (i.e. angel hair, orzo, fettuccini etc.). Once I saw they had no calories I immediately ordered a few packs of garlic and herb fettuccini to try. They came in the mail today. So I had a serving for dinner this evening. 

The noodles are extremely easy to prepare. All you do is rinse the noodles in water and boil for 1 minute. You then can prepare them any way you normally would prepare pasta. I added a low cal marinara and sprinkled a tablespoon of fresh parmesan cheese on top and was done. Dinner under 75 calories (with the cheese and marinara)!! It took me 2 minutes to prepare and was delicious! 

I did further research on shirataki noodles and found a popular brand, konjacfoods, that is less expensive. I plan on buying the konjacfoods brand after I finish the miraclenoodles to compare the two. Below is information from both and

The Low Down on Konjac Shirataki Noodles

As per
  •  Are made of naturally water soluble fiber with no fat, sugar, or starch.
  • Contain zero net carbohydrates and zero calories, no gluten
  • Are made of a healthy natural fiber called Glucomannan.
  • Are wheat & gluten free and kosher.
  •  Easily absorbs the flavors of any soup, dish, or sauce.
  • Are instant and come in a variety of styles
  • Have shown beneficial effects backed by medical studies for Type II Diabetes, Constipation, Obesity, and Cholesterol!

As per

Shirataki noodles, as they are known in Japan, are made from Konjac, calorie free and consist of pure fiber. Thin, translucent and gelatinous, this traditional Japanese noodle is made from the root of the Konjac plant. The Japanese word "Shirataki" translates to "white waterfall" indicative of the glass like appearance of the noodles. 

Shirataki noodles are a type of wet food, pre-packaged in liquid. While pure glucomannan fiber does not have any flavor, raw Konjac root flour does have a fishy odor. This is the reason why some brands have a fishy smell. The Konjac brand ( has developed a method to eliminate the fishy smell which makes our noodles more attractive to consumers.

So, if you love pasta like I do you have to try Konjac Shirataki Noodles!

Below are pictures of the Konjac plant and Konjac root which the noodles are made from.

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