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Shirataki noodles, also known as Konjac noodles, Miracle noodles or noodles without calories, are the product for losing weight. They are not famous for their taste, but as a low-calorie noodle dish. Hardly any calories, fats or carbohydrates - these are the keywords associated with Shirataki noodles.

Never heard or read about Shirataki noodles? Is there really a miracle cure for weight loss and are Shirataki noodles the answer to our prayers for it? These questions and more will be answered in this article. We take a closer look at the Shirataki noodle. What is really behind this miracle noodle, does it deliver what it promises?




The most important facts

  • "Shirataki" comes from Japanese and translates into German as "white waterfall". This explains the appearance of the noodles, which is white and translucent.
  • If you don't want to do without noodles during your diet, shirataki noodles are the "go to" product. They contain only 6-8 calories per 100 g.
  • Our Miracle Noodles are not only great for losing weight. They also have benefits for our health. They support the intestinal flora, help with digestion, stabilise blood sugar and several other positive effects for our body.

The best Shirataki Noodles: Our Choices

There are already a wide variety of brands that make shirataki noodles. To make it a little easier, we have summarised our top products. You can find our selection here.

Buying and evaluation criteria for Shirataki noodles

We have taken a closer look at a few evaluation criteria. They should help you to know certain information before you buy. The criteria to make the decision for Shirataki noodles easier:

Packaging

Shirataki noodles are packed in a liquid in plastic bags, which you can find in the refrigerated section. On the back of the packaging, you will find the nutritional values, preparation instructions and how to store the noodles properly.

Taste

Shirataki noodles do not really have a taste of their own. If you are using or unpacking Shirataki noodles for the first time, don't be alarmed, as the noodles have a slight fishy smell at first, but this fades as they cook. Since the low carb noodles are tasteless, they taste best in Asian dishes.

Ingredients

The main ingredients in Shirataki noodles are water and glucomannan (konjac powder). Calcium hydroxide (lime water) is used as an acidity regulator. Traditional shirataki noodles are gluten-free, vegan and contain few calories. At a serving size of 100 grams, the noodles contain 1% fat (0.4g), 0% carbohydrates (0.4g) and 16% fibre (4g).

Types of noodles

Udon Style, Rice Style, Spaghetti Seaweed Style, Spaghetti Style and Wok Style are different types of Shirataki noodles. This can also bring a little variety into the kitchen. The noodles themselves are thin, almost transparent and somewhat soggy.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about Shirataki noodles answered in detail

Everything you need to know about Shirataki noodles can be found here. We want to give you an insight and overview of the wonder noodles.

Where do Shirataki noodles come from and what are they made of?

Shirataki noodles originally come from Asia, such as China and Japan. In Asia, konjac noodles are almost considered a delicacy, as they can be used as a versatile garnish for all kinds of dishes. Asian cuisine has known konjac noodles for centuries. Asians love these zero-calorie noodles because they have the ability to absorb flavours well.

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Zero-calorie noodles help you lose weight. Thanks to the dietary fibre glucomannan, you feel fuller for longer than with conventional noodles. (Image source: Cottonbro / pexels)

As already mentioned, Shirataki noodles consist mainly of water and glucomannan. The breakdown is approximately 97% water and 3% glucomannan. Glucomannan is extracted from the tuber of the devil's tongue. This tuber is called konjac root, hence the name konjac noodles. To make the superfood noodles, water is mixed with glucomannan and calcium hydroxide (lime water), which gives the consistency of konjac noodles. After everything is mixed well, it is cooked and then made into noodles or rice.

What are the health benefits of Shirataki noodles?

Shirataki noodles have various health benefits. We have picked out the top 5 benefits and listed them for you.

  • Support of intestinal health: By eating Shirataki noodles, the intestinal flora is strengthened with the contained mirobiome (good bacteria for the intestine). The dietary fibres contained have a prebiotic effect. The intestine is given strength and improves the regulation of the intestinal flora. If the intestine is intact, it not only has a positive effect on the immune system, it also helps with digestion.
  • Cholesterol and insulin levels are reduced: The dietary fibre glucomannan promotes the excretion of cholesterol, which results in less cholesterol in our blood. This in turn slows down the emptying of the stomach. This slows down the absorption of sugars from carbohydrate foods into the bloodstream, which equals a reduction in blood sugar levels.
  • Shirataki noodles help with constipation: Often constipation is associated with obesity, but also intestinal problems. Our Miracle Noodles not only help you lose weight, but also help with constipation. For adults as well as children, the dietary fibre glucomannan helps to improve constipation.
  • Shirataki noodles - the zero-calorie noodles: The noodles are not only almost calorie-free, but also satiate for longer, so that the hunger hormone is lowered. Because glucomannan is water-soluble, it can bind an extremely large amount of water or liquid, thus doubling the volume and keeping you full longer. Cravings are thus avoided.

How do you prepare Shirataki noodles properly?

Basically, you can replace Shirataki noodles with any pasta or rice. The difference lies in the preparation. Typical noodles are usually stored dry and packaged. In contrast to Shirataki noodles, these are packed already moist and cooked. And this is how it works:

  1. First wash the noodles well under running water.
  2. Then boil it in a pot for about 2 minutes.
  3. To get rid of all the excess liquid, fry the noodles in a pan with oil for another 1 - 2 minutes.
  4. Last but not least, add vegetables, sauce or meat - depending on taste - and mix with the noodles. Since Shirataki noodles have almost no flavour of their own, the noodles absorb their flavours depending on the dish.

How much do Shirataki noodles cost?

In fact, Shirataki noodles are one of the cheapest foods. The price ranges from 2 - 10 € depending on the number of packs ordered. They are often offered in packs of six, ten or twelve. The prices of the packs differ depending on the supplier. Here is a rough overview:

number of packs price range
1 pack approx. 2 - 4 €
6-packs approx. 10 €
12-packs approx. 23 €

Since the prices differ depending on the package and the supplier, this table is only an overview for you. But for what the zero-calorie noodles promise, they are relatively inexpensive.

How should Shirataki noodles be stored properly?

Since Konjac noodles come already packed in liquid, you should keep them away from sharp objects. The noodles themselves have a shelf life of at least one year, except after opening, you should consume them within a few days and store them in the refrigerator. With sealed packages, it is important to store them out of the light. As with all foods, light can contribute to the destruction of flavours and vitamins.

What distinguishes Shirataki noodles and what are their advantages and disadvantages?

Health benefits have already been mentioned. In addition, konjac noodles are gluten-free, vegan, lactose-free and easy to prepare. In addition to all the advantages that have already been mentioned, the disadvantages should not be ignored. If you have not eaten much fibre in your diet so far, you should slowly introduce yourself to Shirataki noodles.

Otherwise, it can lead to flatulence or diarrhoea. This should be considered with all dietary fibres, not only with glucomannan. Shirataki noodles should be taken with caution if you are taking medication. It is true that the miracle noodles are great for losing weight, as the absorption or transfer of nutrients is slowed down. Nevertheless, it can impair the effectiveness of the medication.

Conclusion

You no longer have to do without noodles in your diet. Shirataki noodles, as zero-calorie noodles, are perfect for getting your cravings under control. Several studies have also shown that Shirataki noodles are not only good for losing weight, but also have a positive effect on your health.

If you don't mind the smell of fish, you might discover your new favourite noodles. Shirataki noodles are quick and easy to prepare and bring a little variety to your plate.

(Cover photo: MChe-Lee / unsplash)

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