Lowdown on Zero Calorie Noodles 

  • By Amanda Li
  • 16 Nov, 2017
Believe it or not, the Japanese and other Asian cuisines have been using konjac noodles for centuries. Learn how these zero calories can benefit your health!
What are they made of?
The main ingredients in these “zero-calorie” noodles are:
  1. Water
  2. Glucomannan fibre. Derived from the konjac root, this fibre is made up of glucose and mannose sugar molecules. Are body does not have the enzyme to break theses sugar bonds apart, and hence it is considered a fibre aka plant material that cannot be broken down by the human digestive enzymes and provides zero calories. 
  3. Calcium Hydroxide aka limewater which is added to provide structure and firmness to these noodles.
  4. Some brands will also add soy to the blend, which gives it a bit more stability and colour, creating an opaque appearance.
What are the benefits of consuming these noodles?
  1. Did I mention they are zero calories? The ones that have soy added will have roughly 25 calories/serving. It's a great way to volumize your meals!
  2. Our gut bacteria loves fermenting on this type of soluble fibre found in glucommanan. When our gut bacteria ferments on soluble fibre, they produce short chain fatty acids as a byproduct, which may infer health benefits for us, including decrease risks for certain cancers and increasing mineral update.
Where to buy?
Price point varies between brands. Typically, at Asian Supermarkets you can find the shirataki/konjac noodles in the fridge by the tofu, and they retail between $1.99-2.99 per bag. Brands such as Miracle Noodles and NuPasta are sold online, in health food stores and at big box supermarkets.

How to use?
  1. Drain and rinse the noodles thoroughly. 
  2. Reheat on a dry pan for 2-3 minutes until warm and most of the residual water has evaporated.
  3. Add to broth for a noodle bowl experience, or stir-fries, salads, or smother in pesto sauce!

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