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Weight Loss Benefits of Shirataki Noodles and Many Healthy Reasons to Eat Them

Updated on September 28, 2012
Shirataki Noodles in Sukiyaki
Shirataki Noodles in Sukiyaki | Source
Shirataki Noodle Dish
Shirataki Noodle Dish | Source

Shirataki noodles are a kind of Japanese noodles that have become popular across the world for their plethora of health benefits.

Called white waterfall noodles in Japan for their appearance, these translucent, thin and light noodles are actually a powerhouse of health benefits.

Unlike many other noodles, shirataki noodles are made of 100% soluble fiber.

Thus, they are absolutely low in carbohydrates, fats, sugar, and calories, perfect for people who do not want to pack on excess pounds.

The soluble fiber in shirataki noodles are from the type called glucomannan, which can slow down digestion, delay the feeling of hunger, and make the sense of fullness last for a long time by expanding the size of the shirataki noodles inside the stomach.

Generally, shirataki noodles are easy to prepare and eat.

They are soft, a bit gummy, and taste quite different from Western-style pasta.

Bland, they are a versatile kind of noodles that can be mixed with other healthy ingredients.

Below are some of the amazing health benefits of shirataki noodles, the nourishing noodles from Asia.

Shirataki Noodles Aid Weight Loss

Because of their glucomannan content, shirataki noodles have become a favorite food of weight watchers not just in Japan but also the world over.

Essentially, glucomannan suppresses hunger by making the body feel full for an extended period.

It does this by expanding the size of shirataki noodles in the stomach.

Glucomannan is also a kind of soluble fiber that is low in carbohydrates and calories, two of the major factors that contribute to unwanted weight gain.

Overall, shirataki noodles are an important part of low-calorie diet that tries to promote a feeling of fullness and decrease cravings.

Shirataki Noodles Drive Down Bad Cholesterol Levels

The glucomannan soluble fiber in shirataki noodles can keep our ticker healthy and maintain good sugar levels in our blood.

Studies have shown that regular intake of glucomannan on a regular basis can lower bad cholesterol levels by 10%, triglycerides or the fat in blood by 23%, and systolic blood pressure or the blood pressure when the heart is beating by 2.5%.

Shirataki Noodles May Prevent Colon Cancer

In Japan, many people believe that shirataki noodles act like a broom inside the body by cleansing it of toxins.

Rightfully, this belief has been scientifically proven to be true.

Here’s how the noodles do it.

When eaten, the body cannot completely digest shirataki noodles.

Thus, the noodles simply pass through the digestive system, stimulating the muscles in the intestines, cleaning the digestive tract, and promoting stool softness as they push through.

By doing these things, shirataki noodles collectively act as a powerful natural laxative.

While they travel, shirataki noodles also create healthful short-chain fatty acids inside the body, stabilizing blood glucose levels, lowering bad cholesterol levels, boosting immunity, cleaning the colon, aiding mineral absorption, and creating healthy bacteria in the colon.

This series of action makes shirataki noodles a must-have in colon-friendly diets.

Shirataki Noodles Help Ease Diabetes

Shirataki noodles aid diabetics by stabilizing the ups and downs of blood sugar levels.

They do this by slowing down digestion and releasing glucose at a controlled pace, stopping possible dangerous spikes in blood glucose levels.

In themselves, shirataki noodles are soluble fiber – made up of water – and therefore stabilize blood glucose levels.

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      Judy Specht 6 years ago from California

      we are always looking for none gluten foods. These noodles sure sound like they are non gluten. Thanks for the information