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Friday, August 20, 2010

Low-Carb and Loving It - the Shirataki Noodle!



Low-Carb and Loving It!

The Shirataki Noodle
If you are on a low-carb diet and love pasta, you may as well staple your mouth shut, until now. America has finally discovered the Shirataki noodle, an Asian plant root that contains tons of fiber and almost no “bad” carbs. Not only are they helpful in losing weight for us pasta lovers, but there are other health benefits to this miracle pasta such as evidence that the ingredients can assist in blood sugar control.

So How Do They Taste?
Although Shirataki noodles can be a little rubbery, boiling helps with reducing this. They are packaged in liquid and it is recommended that they be strained before boiling since the liquid has a unique, yet subtle taste. These noodles have been described as not having a particular taste of their own causing them to take on the flavor of anything they are cooked in.

Where to Find the Shirataki Noodle
Most Asian grocery stores carry this noodle as well as places such as Whole Foods and specialty markets, some larger grocery store chains also carry Shirataki noodles. Cost averages at around two to three bucks a bag. So pull out the parm and get the marinara ready, pasta has the green light again!

Bio: Alexis Bonari is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is a passionate blogger on the topic of education and free college scholarships. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

P.S. Alexis, some of us who are not strictly low-carbing enjoy Dreamfields low-carb pasta on occasion. It tastes like the real thing. However, for those strictly low-carbing, Shirataki noodles sounds like a nice alternative, although I've never tried them.