Shirataki Noodles: What They Are and Our Favorite Brands

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Lolita Carrico
A certified nutritionist and self-taught chef with a love for entertaining and experimenting with food, Lolita Carrico created Ketology after struggling for years with her own hormonal changes and weight gain. After having two children, she found that managing her weight and moods became more and more of a struggle. After researching the ketogenic diet thoroughly and understanding the science and nutritional aspects, she began her keto journey in 2018. Within three months, she shed 25 pounds and her mood improved, focus sharpened and her energy was through the roof. Three years later, she has maintained a 55-pound weight loss and has learned to intuitively follow a balanced keto lifestyle without sacrificing a thing!

If you’ve been on a low carb or keto diet, you likely know about shirataki noodles – hailed by many on low carb and keto diets as a “miracle noodle” — in fact, there’s even a popular brand called Miracle Noodle. Now available at most supermarkets as well, you might be wondering what these keto shirataki noodles are before diving in to this low carb and low calories pasta alternative.

What are Shirataki Noodles?

Shirataki Noodles are made from konjac, which is a type of Japanese yam that’s very high in a type of dietary fiber called glucomannan. In addition to the amazing pasta (and rice) products made from konjac, there are also health benefits that come along with this miracle vegetable. In addition to studies that show glucomannan can be helpful in diabetes management, thanks to high fiber content, shirataki products help with weight loss, of course, and also help with pesky constipation and aids with cholesterol regulation.

How to Prepare Shirataki Noodles?

As I mentioned, you typically find shirataki noodles in your grocer’s refrigerated section. Thought Miracle Noodle now offers a shelf stable version as well as NuPasta, which also is shelf-stable and my favorite shirataki noodle brand hands-down. The noodles are typically packed in water, and can have a strong, almost fishy, odor when the package is opened. Don’t worry though, just rinse them under water for a few minutes and that washes away any odor. Then you can either boil the noodles quickly – for 2 – 3 minutes or pan fry them if you’d doing a stir fry or Asian-inspired dish.

Our Favorite Brands

There are so many options and for the most part, most all are the same with the exception of NuPasta which is the closest to actual pasta that I’ve found. I also have heard great feedback about the Healthy Noodle brand found at Costco, but I haven’t been able to locate them yet myself!

Have you tried shirataki noodles? Please share your experiences in the comments below!

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