If you ever heard about the Shirataki noodles, if you are the low-calories fans, Shirataki noodles will be becoming your new best friends!



What Are Shirataki Noodles?

Shirataki noodles are made from the konjac yam native to Japan and are sometimes called konjac noodles.   They’re composed almost entirely of water and glucomannan starch, an indigestible dietary fiber.  


Why Shirataki Noodles Are Zero Calories?

Traditional shirataki noodles are pretty much the perfect food for those who may have food allergies or are on special diets; they’re vegan and gluten-free, and appropriate for paleo, keto, diabetes-friendly and pretty much every other diet out there. 


They naturally don’t contain any calories because the glucomannan starch they’re made of is an indigestible dietary fiber and also contains no carbohydrates.


Are Shirataki Noodles Healthy?

Shirataki noodles have the health benefits of the high fiber content, glucomannan has been shown to reduce cholesterol and glucose levels making it an effective tool for diabetes control and weight loss.  That’s not even taking into account the calories you save by swapping carb and calorie-laden noodles for Shirataki.


Shirataki noodles have almost no flavor of their own and will soak up the deliciousness of whatever sauce you use to prepare them.  Their texture is unique, however, and usually the reason people are turned off.  A little slippery and gelatinous, these noodles lend themselves more to Asian-style dishes. Nevertheless, there are steps you can take in the preparation that will give them a more conventional texture.


How to Cook Shirataki Noodles?

Shirataki noodles can be thrown into Cold Noodles Salads or Cooked In Hot Broth.  The smell may a little funky when you first open them: that’s okay!


Shirataki NoodlesFirst, rinse them REALLY well in a colander under running water, until they have no odor. Then toss them immediately into a dry skillet on medium-high heat and cook the holy heck out of them. When you think they have cooked enough, go ahead and cook them a little more. You want them to be completely dry and then some


You can customize your own cooking style.  You can stir-fry with dark leafy green vegetables, mushroom, adding a protein like chicken breast, pork lean or salmon.

That’s it! See, I told you it was simple 🙂


The Bottom Line

These noodles can be a great gluten-free alternative to regular noodles. They require some specific preparation but take on flavours well. Shirataki Noodles can be good for weight loss and are considered a vegan, paleo and nutritious alternative to other noodles.  They are best for a diabetes patient instead of eating high-carbohydrates noodles for the rise of high blood sugar levels.


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Jesslyn Lim

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