Up until 2019, about 43% of Americans claimed to look for healthier food options while shopping for groceries.
Furthermore, 52% of the participants accepted looking for healthier options often (International Food Information Council).
In line with the increasing awareness regarding healthy food and habits, commonplace ingredients like pasta, noodles, and rice have undergone an essential makeover.
One such change is the replacement of classic food products with Konjac-based ingredients.
The Konjac Market is expected to reach USD 3,771 Million by 2027 with a CAGR of 8.7% (Growth Market Reports).
One might wonder about this miracle ingredient and its popularity in the US market.
Konjac is a plant found in Eastern Asia regions and is rich in Glucomannan fiber that helps in controlling blood sugar levels and weight loss. These products are also keto and paleo-friendly.
Let’s understand a bit more about Shirataki Noodles and Pasta which has taken the US market by storm!
Shirataki Noodles & Pasta v/s Regular Noodles & Pasta
Shirataki Noodles, Pasta, Rice
Regular Noodles, Pasta, Rice
Prebiotic & nourishes the bacteria inside the human colon
Can’t nourish colon bacteria – leads to indigestion
Low Carb (10g per bag)
High Carb Content (25g carb per 100 g of noodles)
Low Calorie (40 calories per bag)
High-Calorie Content (138 calories per 100g of noodles)
Sugar-free and Diabetic-friendly
0.4g of sugar per 100g of noodles; Unsuitable for Diabetics
Not a keto-friendly food
Most offerings are not Organic
Leads to Weight-gain
Health Benefits of Shirataki Noodles
- Shirataki Noodles are weight-loss friendly and good for digestion
Konjac plant is rich in Glucomannan fiber that is viscous. This means that it can make a person feel full for a longer period of time.
Multiple studies conducted over different durations suggested that those who consumed Glucomannan-rich foods lost more weight as compared to the participants who didn’t consume the same.
In these studies, participants were given 2-4g of fiber via supplements. Shirataki Noodles would contain the same amount of fiber and similar effects.
As these noodles are prebiotic, they nourish the gut bacteria. This helps in improving digestion.
- Shirataki Noodles are ideal for Diabetics
For diabetics around the world, consuming pasta or noodle offerings is highly dangerous.
Regular noodles can have harmful effects on the patients and can lead to serious consequences over time. With Shirataki products, their viscous fiber delays stomach emptying.
This leads to a gradual increase in insulin and blood sugar levels in the bloodstream as more nutrients are absorbed.
Several studies have hinted at the effectiveness of konjac-based food for people suffering from Type 2 Diabetes.
- Shirataki Noodles are keto-friendly, sugar-free, and convenient to cook
Unlike regular ingredients, konjac foods are ideal for keto practitioners. They are primarily made of water, with up to 97% of their content being the universal solvent.
The rest of the 3% is Glucomannan fiber that helps in digestion, promotes weight loss, and makes the stomach feel full for longer.
Shirataki products are made by mixing Glucomannan flour with water and lime water so that they can retain their shape.
As a result, there’s no sugar content involved. Shirataki Noodles come pre-cooked and are translucent in texture. They just need to be rinsed and mixed with a sauce to be consumed.
In addition to all these benefits, Shirataki products are much sought-after for their variety and ease of usage.
They are organic, paleo-friendly, and versatile for any occasion. Rather than being an “alternate” version of products, these offerings have marked their presence as a whole way of life itself!
At Well Lean, we are inspired to enable a healthier community and eventually, a greener planet for all humankind.
Join us in our journey to take Shirataki Noodles and products to each household in the United States.
Join the Well Lean Way today!