All natural Skinny Shirataki Noodles are gluten-free and made from glucomannan or konnyaku flour produced from the root of Amorphophallus Konnyaku, a member of the yam family native to Asia. Food products using this unique root have been consumed in Japan and China for thousands of years.
Skinny Shirataki Noodles and Skinny Shirataki Rice contain at least 3 grams of dietary fiber per serving (4 grams per serving for Skinny Shirataki Noodles Spinach Fettuccine type). Fiber plays an important role in digestive health and disease prevention.
The overall rule for weight loss is “Calories In Versus Calories Out.” When you consume fewer calories than you burn daily, you lose weight. Skinny Shirataki Noodles & Skinny Shirataki Rice help weight loss because they are easy, healthy substitutes for ingredients you’re already familiar with: regular noodles and rice, potatoes, and bread. Yet unlike the more familiar starches, pre-cooked, all natural Skinny Shirataki Noodles and Skinny Shirataki Rice are zero to low calorie, zero fat, <1 gram of carbohydrates, and provide at least 3 grams of dietary fiber per serving. The fiber absorbs water in your digestive tract and slows digestion, creating a sensation of fullness and satisfaction while reducing the absorption of carbohydrates, fat, and cholesterol to support healthy weight loss. Replace one meal per day (preferably lunch or dinner) with a low calorie, low fat meal that includes Skinny Shirataki Noodles or Rice to reduce your caloric intake.
Mehmet Oz, M.D. of Dr. Oz and The Oprah Winfrey Show fame, has recommended glucomannan and shirataki noodles as one of the “Best Appetite Suppressants” and aids for weight loss. Dr. Oz called konnyaku “nature’s skinny sponge” because the root is rich in dietary fiber that soaks up hunger. According to Dr. Oz, consuming glucomannan also helps with constipation and diabetes, but does not leave one feeling gassy or bloated.
Weight Loss: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/best-ways-control-your-hunger
Weight Loss: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7796558?dopt=Abstract
Cholesterol Control: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7872224?dopt=Abstract
Research suggests glucomannan/shirataki noodles and rice also may help those with Type II Diabetes. Consuming the dietary fiber in konnyaku slows the digestive process; this leads to slower absorption of sugar and slower release of glucose, reducing sugar spikes and helping to normalize blood glucose after a meal. Skinny Shirataki Noodles and Skinny Shirataki Rice are naturally low carb and diabetic friendly, containing less than 1 gram of carbohydrates per serving.
The dietary fiber in shirataki noodles and rice binds with fatty acids in the digestive system to help lower cholesterol. Studies show that a fiber-rich diet, by helping to trap cholesterol and fats, has been shown to help reduce blood pressure and lower the chance of having a heart attack.
Glucomannan, the main ingredient of Skinny Shirataki Noodles, is made from konnyaku root. Glucomannan is a water-soluble dietary fiber and absorbs toxic substances that are produced during digestion and elimination. It binds with the toxins and eliminates them before they can be absorbed into the blood stream. In the process, it also helps to maintain the health and integrity of the digestive system including the bowel. Dietary fiber promotes the grown of healthy bacteria in the colon, which can strengthen the immune system and help fight infection. Fiber also may help reduce the risk of developing diseases associated with the colon such as hemorrhoids, diverticulitis, and colon cancer.
Konnyaku was first discovered in China about 2,000 years ago and has been consumed in Japan for over 1,200 years. It consists mainly of hydrocolloidal polysaccharide glucomannan, which is composed of glucose and mannose subunits. Konnyaku is very low in calories and carbohydrates, and rich in dietary fiber. The first documented use of konnyaku roots as food source in Japan was found in an ancient Japanese writing entitled, Man-you-shuu, which was edited in the 8th century. According to this writing, konnyaku came from the southeast island region of Japan and was recognized and used as herbal medicine. It was first consumed in a form of a serving-size block. In later years, it was transformed into thin, gelatinous noodles known as “shirataki” which literally means “white waterfall.”
During Japan’s Muromachi dynasty (14th – 16th century), Dr. Dosan Manabe described in his writing that a daily diet of konnyaku is good for diabetes. During the Edo era, a well-known medical publication entitled Wakan Sannsai Zue (Japanese & Chinese herbal medicine manual) stated that “Konnyaku is good for cleansing our intestine,” but there was no scientific evidence. Through generations, Japanese were told from their parents that “Konnyaku is helpful in cleansing one’s digestive tract of irritating and harmful substances, and for maintaining healthy and clean internal organs,” which is associated with the functions of dietary fiber.
In fact, the benefits and the roles of dietary fiber were not fully recognized until the 1970s. Prior to this, dietary fiber was not categorized as one of the nutrients in either Japan or the U.S. In 1977, the American Senate nourishment special committee published a report stating that the shortage of fiber in the daily diet is one reason for adult diseases (obesity, constipation, arteriosclerosis, heart diseases, diabetes, cancer, gallstone, and hemorrhoids). Dietary fiber activates the function of the gastrointestinal tract, changes how nutrient are absorbed, and allows harmful waste to leave the body quickly. A diet rich in dietary fiber has many benefits including appetite reduction, lowering blood sugar levels, lowering total and LDL cholesterol, reducing the risks of colorectal cancer and other diseases, and facilitating regularity.
Konnyaku was first introduced in the USA as an ingredient in a hot pot dish called “gyudon.” It is a simplified version of “sukiyaki,” a very popular and traditional dish that uses shirataki or konnyaku noodles as a key ingredient. The unique texture of the shirataki noodles gives the dish a well-rounded balance with its other ingredients (vegetable and beef).
Due to the many health benefits associated with the consumption of konnyaku and shirataki, both products have increased in popularity among American consumers in recent years. We hope you will be one of the many to enjoy all of the health benefits all natural, gluten-free Skinny Shirataki Noodles and Skinny Shirataki Rice have to offer.