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Yam Noodles A Great Diet Food

Updated on March 9, 2011

Why Yam Noodles

 My wife and I have owned and operated a Japanese Market for about 15 years. Well in the last several months we have noticed that our yam noodles started flying off the shelves. Finally, a customer had told us that her doctor had told her that yam noodles or yam cakes were a great way to lose weight. Now I dislike yams, usually as soon as some one says yams or sweet potatoes I stop listening. Due to the high volume of people returning and buy these weight loss/diet noodles, I decided to investigate them a little. The ones we carry come in two colors, white and a brownish color. They are packaged in a plastic bag with the noodles suspended in water. The yam noodles are white and the brown ones have seaweed powder mixed in with them and that is what gives it the brown color. I knew that sea weed is a very healthy food, but yams I had no clue. With that said, they are packaged in two sizes, the white noodles, 14oz (396g) for about $1.79, and  7oz (198g) for about $1.19. The seaweed yam noodles are in the same size bags and cost about the same. Now the numbers, the real reason that yam noodles are so good as a diet food. Their calorie and other stuff is as follows;

Fat-0, Saturated and trans fats-0, cholestrol-0, Carbs-<1g, fiber-0, sugar-0, protein-0 and calories 0.

As these numbers would suggest it also has no flavor of its own. Which is great for me, I can put it in soup, salads, or mixed with my favorite sauces or other foods and it takes on the flavor of the other food. It also comes in, what are called yam cakes. Yam cakes are the same except it is kinda like a jelled block a little firmer than tofu. Yam cakes are good with soups, or mixed in with my favorite chili mac. Now my wife will eat it cold cut into little triangle shapes.

Yam noodles are great for diets and can help you reduce your caloric intake while still filling you up.


A little About Preparing Yam Noodles

 When you open the bag, do not , and I repeat do not sniff it!! Why, because it does not smell good at all, in fact my first impulse was to throw it out. Don't worry it has nothing to do with the noodles, they are still good. After opening rinse the noodles with cold tap water, and the smell goes away. If you do not eat the full bag it can be refrigerated and is good for several days. As i have stated before my favorite way to reduce my caloric intake with yam noodles is to mix it in with my chili mac, I usually chop up the noodles a bit as they are very long. Some like to cut them in half to make them easier to eat. The second way i like them is to put them in my mizo soup, usually I will use the yam noodles with seaweed powder as it mixes in better color wise.

All in all Yam noodles and cakes are a great way to help lose weight, they are very healthy, and help fill you up so you don't feel like your on a diet.

Try it you'll like and an be sure to share your experiences and your favorite dish with us here at Hubpages.


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  • Terry B. Davis profile imageAUTHOR

    Terry B. Davis 

    7 years ago

    Stacie L, you may not be able to find them in regular stores. In my area I found them at an oriental market that carries Japanese food.

    Good luck


  • Stacie L profile image

    Stacie L 

    7 years ago

    I never heard of yam noodles.I'll have to try this..

  • crystolite profile image


    7 years ago from Houston TX

    Very informative article that i really learn t a lot from.thanks for widen my knowledge.

  • Terry B. Davis profile imageAUTHOR

    Terry B. Davis 

    7 years ago

    The plain white noodles have none it is used mainly as a filler, much the same way soy is used in meat. However, the seaweed powder in the darker noodle and yam cakes has some antioxidant properties.

  • RTalloni profile image


    7 years ago from the short journey

    Do these have any nutritional value?


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