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Noodles, Pasta or Rice with just a few calories per serving may sound too good to be true. But a serving of ZERO Noodles contains about the same number of calories as a cup of broth or a handful of arugula. ZERO Noodles are made from a substance called glucomannan that comes from the konjac root. Glucomannan is a soluble fibre that absorbs a lot of water. Noodles made from glucomannan flour are actually about 3% fibre and 97% water, so it's easy to see why they are low in calories.
Konjac is native to eastern Asia. The plant itself goes by several names, including snake plant and voodoo lily. It bears a distinctive flower that smells like carrion. Glucomannan flour comes from the root of the plant, which can reach a size of up to 50 pounds. Konjac flour also serves as a thickening agent for food.
Unlike some healthy foods, ZERO Noodles do not contain a wide range of nutrients but they still offer some health benefits:
WEIGHT MANAGEMENT - Although there are no studies specifically targeting ZERO Noodles, high-fibre foods are helpful when it comes to weight control. Because fibre is filling, you may feel satisfied longer and eat less. Those on a ketogenic diet may enjoy ZERO Noodles as a replacement for high-carb food. An investigation of glucomannan, the flour used in ZERO Noodles, found that it helped with weight management. The best results, however, came from combining glucomannan with a healthy diet and exercise.
DIABETES CONTROL - The soluble fibre in ZERO Noodles can slow down the rate at which the body absorbs carbohydrates. This can help people with diabetes avoid blood sugar spikes. Studies have shown that glucomannan, the konjac flour in shirataki noodles, helps those with diabetes. People with diabetes should talk to their doctor before using glucomannan, as it could affect their medication.
COLON HEALTH - Fibre in the diet contributes to good health by reducing constipation. It improves general bowel function, which reduces your risk of haemorrhoids, diverticulitis, and colorectal cancer. The fibre in ZERO Noodles is soluble fibre, which acts as a prebiotic, promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon.
NUTRITION - Because ZERO Noodles are just fibre and water, they do not contain any vitamins or minerals. They do, however, have some food value: 100 grams of ZERO Noodles contains: Calories: 5 Protein: 1 gram Fat: 0.5 gram Carbohydrates: 1 gram Fibre: 6 grams Sugar: 0.5 grams
Drain the water and rinse them well. After draining the noodles, some cooks like to dry roast them in the pan to remove some of the water content and firm them up.
Because ZERO Noodles, have little nutritional value, it's important to pair them with other ingredients that pack a nutrient-dense punch. You can substitute them for pasta in almost any recipe. They work well in Asian and Italian recipes. Here are some ideas to try:Serve them curry, instead of rice for a lower-calorie dish.