Diabetes has become a household name in recent years. According to a CDC report of 2020, 10.25% of the US population (or roughly 34.2 million people) suffered from the disease.
Furthermore, 13% of the adult US population had the affliction, cited the same report. In layman’s terms, diabetes results from an increased blood glucose level (commonly called blood sugar).
The ill effects of the disease can be mitigated with proper care and nutrition but sadly, everyday ingredients like rice, noodles, or pasta can cause a spike in the blood glucose levels.
A decade ago, it made the lives of people with diabetes harder, until a miracle ingredient arrived and produced Shirataki Noodles, Pasta, and Rice!
What essentially is diabetes and how do Shirataki Noodles help?
Before we dive deeper into the Shirataki Noodles and their goodness, it is pertinent to understand diabetes as a disease.
The increase in blood glucose occurs because a patient’s body is unable to take up the glucose and use it for energy. As a result, the levels in the bloodstream keep increasing.
If left unchecked, diabetes can have a catastrophic impact on kidneys, heart, eyes, and nerves. When carbs are consumed, insulin (a hormone released by the pancreas in the bloodstream) allows the glucose to enter our cells. Glucose is the fuel or energy that our body needs to function.
The system of assigning a number to food items according to their contribution to increasing the blood sugar levels is called Glycaemic Index.
For diabetics and people seeking to lose weight, foods with low glycaemic index are the ideal choice.
They are slowly digested which helps in a gradual increase of blood sugar levels rather than a sudden spike.
When a person is diagnosed with diabetes, it means one of these two things:
1. Their pancreas isn’t producing an adequate amount of insulin.
2. The insulin production is adequate but the cells in their body can’t use the hormone effectively.
Either of these reasons would lead to an increased level of glucose in the bloodstream.
There are two types of diabetes:
Type 1: This condition means that a patient’s body attacks its own insulin-producing cells. These patients need to take insulin supplements each day to function normally.
Type 2: Under this type, a patient’s body either cannot produce enough insulin, or the cells can’t respond normally to it, leading to an increase in blood sugar levels.
Shirataki Noodles - Benefits for Diabetics
It is, therefore, understood that any food item with high carb value can prove detrimental to the health of a diabetic. This is where Shirataki Noodles have changed the game!
Shirataki Noodles and other Shirataki products are made from Konjac - a plant found in Southeast Asia. The root of this plant is rich in a fiber called Glucomannan.
This fiber has been shown to have a positive impact on a person’s blood sugar levels.
Glucomannan is a soluble fiber, i.e. it absorbs water, and noodles made from this ingredient are 97% water with 3% of fiber! Shirataki products come with practically zero carbs when compared to the regular options.
The presence of Glucomannan in Shirataki Noodles can help to slow down the rate at which our bodies absorb carbohydrates. It can lead to better management of blood sugar levels inside our bodies.
Several studies have hinted at the effectiveness of konjac-based food for people suffering from Type 2 Diabetes.
Consumers can simply rinse the noodles, mix them with their favourite sauces, and enjoy their favourite snacks guilt-free!
As Shirataki Noodles assist with weight loss and digestion, they pave the way for a healthier and happier future for diabetics.
At Well Lean, we are inspired to enable a healthier community and eventually, a greener planet for all humankind.
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