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Noodles No Longer A Diet No-No

Super Low Cal Shirataki Noodles

— May 22, 2007 — Lifestyle
With all the confusing nutrition info out there, no one is sure what they can eat anymore. People have altered their diets and lifestyles in an attempt to shed pounds and maintain a healthy weight. Cutting down on carbohydrates is one of the most common weight loss methods today.

Avoiding carbs, but just can't quite cut that hankering for noodles? Then here's a tid-bit you're sure to love. You can eat all the pasta and noodles you want now thanks to a delicious import from Asia.

Shirataki, or yam noodles, are extremely low in calories. You'll literally be bursting at the seams with an enormous soup bowl full, yet only be adding 10-40 calories to your daily intake.

With the low-carb craze as hot as it is right now, it's only a matter of time before these slippery little noodles make their way into the Western market. Available at Asian specialty stores and online, shiratakis make it possible to cure that penchant for pasta without weight gain woes.

They taste great too, though they are a little bit slimmier than most other noodles. Cooking them a bit longer helps lessens their rubbery texture. They range in form like regular noodles, from skinny angel-hair pasta to thick fettucini. With next to no calories, you can get away with an extra scoop of alfredo sauce.

Packed full of fibre (glucomannan) and no usable carbs, you'll be yearning for yam noodles in no time. Some versions on the market include tofu which can give you an added boost of protein while still maintaining a very low calorie count.

If you're a noodle aficionado, you absolutely must give these a taste. Replace them in your regular pasta dishes, try them in soups or other Asian dishes. Follow the source link for some recipe idea from a recent shirataki cooking contest.