Shirataki Noodles (Health Benefits, Keto, Origin, & More)
A number of you have probably heard of shirataki noodles and the benefits/values they can provide for many of today's diet plans.
Whether you're diabetic, looking to lose weight, or on a diet that restricts you from certain food sources (keto, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, etc), more times than not, shirataki noodles will fit into your dietary needs.
Which explains their boom in popularity in the health, food, and ketogenic/diet market. By the end of this article, you will have obtained a better understanding of what shirataki is, where it originates from, and the many values it can provide to your overall health!
Let's start with the origin of shirataki noodles. As you may have already guessed, the word "Shirataki" is of the Japanese language and it translates to, "White waterfall" which refers to the appearance of the noodles.
Although shirataki noodles originate from Japan, the plant which it is made of, Amorphophallus Konjac, or more commonly known as Konjac, is native to China.
Much of East Asia has been using Konjac for centuries and is well known throughout for its nutritional values and health benefits, including high fiber content, and containing almost ZERO calories.
The corm, or root, of the Konjac, is what is harvested from the plant to then be used to make Konjac flour, one of the three ingredients used to make traditional shirataki noodles.
The other two ingredients being water and calcium additive (Lime), which is used to help keep the fiber in the noodle together.
Some shirataki companies have added ingredients, such as tofu or soy but the base of their recipes lies within those 3 main ingredients.
Shirataki can provide a lot of potential value/benefits for many of today's diets. Low in carbs, calories, as well as being gluten-free, is just a few of the many reasons why it has been so commonly implemented in many of the diets of there today.
As previously mentioned, shirataki noodles also contain fiber (glucomannan). Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber, extracted from the roots of the konjac plant.
It has gained considerable attention in the weight-loss community as it takes up space in your stomach and promotes the feeling of being full (satiety), reducing food intake at a subsequent meal.
It's been seen as a useful tool that has become helpful for the weight-loss community as it has also been for constipation, diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
Now that you know more about Shirataki, and what values it can potentially add to your everyday diet/health, it's time to get out there to try it yourself and see! Google some nice shirataki recipes and try those out, or we also have a few recipes for you to try here on our very own Well Lean website.
Our Well Lean shirataki noodles also are available via our website and you can find them cut in the fettuccine shape or the regular noodle shape. We hope you all have a wonderful day and thank you for reading!
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