A 2-ounce (dry) serving of spaghetti packs more than 200 calories. And because it’s almost pure carbohydrate, it’ll put your blood sugar through the roof.
Now imagine eating 3 ounces of noodles – half again as much – at a cost of exactly zero calories. Zero carbs. And no big spike in your blood sugar. It’s a dieter’s dream.
You may be thinking it’s impossible. But it’s not. Plus, that 3-ounce serving of noodles could also…
- Promote healthier cholesterol levels
- Help relieve constipation
- Support lower blood pressure
- Encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut
- Promote better blood sugar control
All this from eating noodles? Absolutely… if those noodles are shirataki. Let me explain.
In the Far East, people have been eating the bulb-like tuber of the konjac plant for thousands of years. Konjac is often called “elephant yam” – though it isn’t related to yams at all.
The tuber is packed with glucomannan, a soluble fiber. And it’s this fiber that makes shirataki noodles special.
The Japanese make shirataki noodles from konjac flour. These noodles are almost entirely soluble fiber. They contain no carbs… no calories… and no guilt.
Italian scientists added just 1 gram of glucomannans to the diet of 93 constipation sufferers for a month. All 93 became more regular and experienced less abdominal discomfort.1
Researchers at Taiwan’s Chung Shan Medical University got similar results. But they also found glucomannan promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.2 That’s a big plus because these bacteria improve digestion and support immune system health.
Because it’s fiber, glucomannan helps you feel full faster, too. In fact, as little as 2 grams – just .07 ounces – per day promotes “significant” weight loss, according to experts at Rush University College of Nursing.3
Eating spaghetti with tomato sauce is a great way to pack on pounds. But with shirataki noodles, it becomes delicious diet food.
And not just diet food… but health food, too.
Canadian scientists tested glucomannan on two groups of people with blood sugar problems. One group ate a biscuit with glucomannan every day for 3 weeks. The other group just got a plain biscuit. Then, after 2 weeks without biscuits, the scientists switched the groups for 3 weeks.
Both groups saw improvements in their blood sugar control, blood lipids (fats) and blood pressure while getting the glucomannan biscuits.4 Within just 3 weeks.
The texture of shirataki noodles is a bit more rubbery than traditional pasta, but they make a good substitute. And, like pasta, they don’t have a strong flavor. They also come in several “shapes” – including angel hair and fettuccini.
Shirataki noodles are inexpensive and fairly easy to find. Most Asian grocers carry them. Some supermarkets stock them, too. They’re also available online.
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
Best Life Herbals
1 Passareti, S., et al, “Action of glucomannans on complaints in patients affected with chronic constipation: a multicentric clinical evaluation,” Ital J Gastroenterol. Sep-Oct 1991;23(7):421-5.
2 Chen, H.L., et al, “Konjac acts as a natural laxative by increasing stool bulk and improving colonic ecology in healthy adults,” Nutrition. Nov-Dec 2006;22(11-12):1112-9.
3 Keithley, J. and Swanson, B., “Glucomannan and obesity: a critical review,” Altern Ther Health Med. Nov-Dec 2005;11(6):30-4.
4 Vuksan, V., et al, “Konjac-mannan (glucomannan) improves glycemia and other associated risk factors for coronary heart disease in type 2 diabetes. A randomized controlled metabolic trial,” Diabetes Care. Jun 1999;22(6):913-9.