I'm sure you've heard about the rave. Tofu Shirataki Noodles seems the next best thing to miracle food. But you're skeptical. They cannot be all good. They claim to be low in carbohydrates, low in fat, high in fiber and a sure fire way to lose some weight. But are they really that good for you? We took a look at answering the most frequently asked questions about these tofu noodles.
Where do these noodles come from?
These noodles are a stable dietary staple of the Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese populations. It is produced in countries where the main ingredient the voodoo lily is easily grown.
Asians Eat weird things, what are these noodles made from?
These noodles are made up almost wholly of flour derived from drying and grinding the root of the voodoo lily. Also known as the devil's tongue or Konjac plant. The other ingredients include limewater and tofu (soya bean curd).
How often could I eat them?
As often as you like I would say. The voodoo lily has for years been considered as the famine food. The Chinese use the roots of this plant the same way we use potatoes. It is also often used as a cereal. Therefore it is a safe foodstuff to consume on a daily basis.
Do they really help with weight loss?
Yes, they do. The devil's tongue has gained the reputation for being a famine food. This means a little goes a long way. Tofu Shirataki noodles are made up by combining this root and tofu resulting in a product high in the natural dietary fiber known as Glucomannan.
Because the dietary fiber Glucomannan' absorbs water filling the stomach and intestinal tract, it tricks the body into believing the digestive system is full or sated. Thus preventing binging or craving for more food.
You will, therefore, eat less, whilst feeling full. The fiber will also clear out your digestive tract allowing for you to better absorb nutrients from your food whilst burning stored Carbs (also known as fat).
Can diabetics eat them?
The consumption of Tofu Shirataki noodles is contraindicated for Type 1 diabetics as they can result in hypoglycemia (very low blood sugar levels) in people already taking medication or who have an overactive pancreas.
The consumption of Shirataki noodles has been found to be beneficial for those individuals suffering from Type 2 diabetics. As they have been known to control carb or sugar uptake into the body. Thus assisting with sustained sugar levels and preventing sugar spikes. Because of this property Shirataki noodles in indicated as a low glycemic index food.
Are there any health risks?
Not really. Shirataki noodles are safe for consumption by everyone. However, due to their limiting the uptake of carbohydrates in ones' diet they are not suitable for type 1 diabetics.
Because these noodles contain a dietary fiber known as Glucomannan, There are mixed opinions on its suitability as a foodstuff for children under the age of five or for pregnant and or breastfeeding woman. As these individuals require both carbohydrates to ensure proper growth and development. Due to the limitation of carbohydrate uptake, the consumption of Shirataki noodles is contraindicated for these individuals. Based only on their dietary requirements.
The dietary fiber Glucomannan has proven useful in the treatment of patients suffering from high cholesterol or constipation, as it has proven to improve these conditions substantially. Therefore the consumption of Tofu Shirataki noodles is encouraged should you suffer from any of these conditions.
Is there any nutritional value in these noodles, especially if they are low carb?
Yes, these noodles contain Lipids, Sodium, potassium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, copper, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, pantothenate, niacin, fatty acids, folic acid. And by adding golden flax seeds to your meal will add Omega 3 and 6 acids allowing for a super healthy meal.
So even if you are a bit skeptic about them. Shirataki Tofu Noodles are good for you, not just if you plan to lose some weight. It is the ideal food to include in a limited vegetarian diet. And will benefit you more than a diet shake. It will add body to soups and meals whilst keeping the carbs down. They are a low carb alternative to pasta and could replace pasta in most recipes. So go on and try it.