Shirataki Noodles on the Dukan Diet or Other Low Carb Diet
If you have been on a low carb diet before you may know all about Shirataki noodles and if this is the case you might not want to read on any further, as I’ve put this post together for those who haven’t come across or don’t know very much about Shirataki noodles. Shirataki noodles can be used in all phases of the Dukan Diet without any limitations
Shirataki literally translated means “white waterfall” and when you consider that this food is usually sold packaged in water and is white it is not difficult to see how this name was chosen. There are two types of Shirataki noodles, the traditional noodle which is made solely from the konjac or elephant yam and the Tofu Shirataki which has had a small amount of tofu added to make the product more acceptable to Western palates.
The traditional Shirataki has almost no nutritional or calorific content consisting of water and glucomannan fiber. They are translucent, thin and virtually tasteless with a gelatinous consistency. The Tofu Shirataki is still very low in calories with minimal nutritional content but the tofu changes the consistency and gives a more pasta like texture.
How to Cook Shirataki Noodles
Cooking Shirataki noodles is simple as the noodles are already cooked and only need heating through but the liquid in which the noodles are packaged has a slightly fishy odor which can be off putting. This might mean that you would prefer to rinse the noodles under running water for a minute or two before use.
How to Use Shirataki Noodles
These noodles are very versatile as they come in different shapes. They can be used as noodles in Asian cooking or as a pasta or rice replacement.
It is surprising that a food that contains so little could have any health benefits but the main ingredient glucomannan fiber has been shown to help reduce cholesterol in one study and as the glucomannan fiber is a water-soluble this may also provide similar health benefits to oats, which reduces the risk of heart disease and stabilizes blood glucose levels.