A guide to shirataki noodles and how they can help you lose weight.
What are shirataki noodles?
What is glucomannan?
How can they help me lose weight?
Where do I find shirataki noodles?
How do I cook them?
Where can I find more information?

What are Shirataki Noodles?

Shirataki (shee-rah-TAH-kee) noodles are thin, low carb, chewy, and translucent traditional Japanese noodles. They are also sometimes called konnyaku noodles. Shirataki noodles are thinner than wheat noodles, do not break as easily, and have a different texture. They are mostly composed of a dietary fiber called glucomannan and contain very few calories and carbohydrates (sometimes even zero). They do not have much flavor by themselves, but absorb flavors well from other ingredients you can combine them with. Shirataki noodles are made from Konjac flour, which comes from the roots of the yam-like Konjac plant grown in Japan and China.

Shirataki noodles are packaged "wet", that is, you purchase them pre-packaged in liquid, and they are ready-to-eat out of the package. You can prepare them by boiling them briefly or running them under hot water, then combining them with other dishes, or adding things like tofu, garlic, spinach, or soy sauce to enhance the flavor.

Noodle shaped tofu and and fettuccine shaped tofu shirataki noodles by House Foods America Corporation.

If you've never eaten shirataki noodles before, try a small amount initially to ensure you won't experience any stomach or intestinal distress. Shirataki noodles are different from common types of foods in a western diet, and sudden changes in diet patterns or sensitivity to ingredients in the noodles can in some cases trigger sickness and an upset stomach.

The next page discusses glucmaonnan, the dietary fiber that shirataki noodles are composed of, and its various benefits to your health.