What Are Shirataki Noodles?


Shirataki noodles have been called a super food.  Long known to the Japanese as a healthy food object, it has only recently gained fame after being profiled by Hungry Girl and by Dr. Oz, but what exactly are shirataki noodles?

Shirataki noodles are made from a highly soluble fiber called glucomannan which is derived from the root of a plant called konjac, also known as the elephant’s tongue, konnyaku potato or devil’s tongue, which is widely found all over Asia. 

Shirataki noodles are also known as konjac, konnyaku, and glucomannan noodles.  These are all names for the same product. They are a somewhat gelatinous clear noodle that is often packaged in liquid to keep its moisture.

Shirataki can be found packaged with different flavors as pictured to the right, or can be found in the block form as pictured below.


Because shirataki noodles are made from an soluble fiber, it has almost no calories.  Yes, you read that correctly, shirataki noodles have exactly zero calories noodles.  Because of that it has been touted as the dieter’s dream.

Shirataki noodles have no flavor of their own.  This may cause you to think of tofu, however, tofu is made from soybeans, has calories, has protein, and other nutritional value.  On the other hand, shirataki noodles have virtually none of the above.  Tofu sometimes has a flavor.  Shirataki noodles have no flavor.  Therefore, it is often paired with highly flavored sauces, place in soups, or combined with other flavoring agents

This website will help you learn the current available information on shirataki noodles.  Feel free to browse through our recipes to learn how to incorporate shirataki noodles in to your diet, how shirataki noodles are made, and all the health benefits of these amazing noodles.


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