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PRODUCT: Tofu Shirataki Noodles

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Shirataki noodles like Miracle Noodle have been imported from Asia for a while: good news for people who want food that is cholesterol-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, sugar-free and vegan. They’re very low in calories in their undressed form: a boon to dieters.

Shirataki is made from the root of a plant (Amorphophallus konjac, a member of the yam family) that is rich in glucomannan, a beneficial type of fiber. Some studies indicate that glucomannan can play a role in blood sugar control, as well as improve cholesterol control and abet weight loss.

Shirataki is a “good” carbohydrate, and approximates a pasta experience for only 3g of carbohydrate per four-ounce serving.

But pure shirataki noodles can be a bit rubbery. One manufacturer found that adding tofu creates a pasta-like texture (and adds a small amount of protein).

These tofu shirataki noodles are imported by House Foods America Corporation. The plain noodles—which can be found in angel hair, fettuccine and spaghetti varieties—can be used in any way that conventional noodles are used: in pasta dishes; with grilled fish, meat or other protein; in noodle puddings and pasta salads.

The company also sells ready-to-eat So-Yah! tofu shirataki microwave meals, currently available in mild Creamy Coconut Curry and spicy Red Vindaloo Curry. After a 90-second zap plus a minute to cool down, they’re ready to eat. As a shelf-stable product, the individual-portion boxes can be toted anywhere, and can be stashed at work as a quick snack.

We enjoyed both varieties. The packets have a lot of sauce, which is best used by topping the tofu shirataki with sliced chicken, pork or…grilled tofu.

You can find a store locator on the company website, which also has a list of online vendors.


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