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Shirataki Noodles

Shirataki are very low carbohydrate, low calorie, thin, translucent, gelatinous traditional Japanese noodles made from devil's tongue yam (elephant yam or the konjac yam).

Shirataki also goes by the names "ito konnyaku," yam noodles, and devil's tongue noodles.

Source: Wikipedia

Shirataki noodles and the Dukan Diet

Shirataki noodles are allowed in all phases of the Dukan diet.

They are a great replacement for pasta or noodle dishes, and can help you add texture to your protein meals. Especially in the beginning of the diet the familiar form of a noodle can help you get creative in the kitchen.

Health Benefits

  • rich in fibre
  • helps control blood sugar
  • low in calories
  • beneficial for people with Type 2 diabetes

Shirataki noodles are an excellent food for weight loss. The soluble fiber found in shirataki (think oatmeal) slows digestion and prolongs the feeling of fullness that is an essential part of any successful weight loss program. Also thanks to the slow speed of absorption your body can take in more nutrients.

There is some evidence that glucomannan, when tested as a powdered supplement, can play a role in blood sugar control, as well as improve cholesterol control and weight loss. It also contributes to fiber intake and can be a substitute for starchy noodles.

There are two types of shirataki noodles, traditional and tofu-based. Traditional shirataki noodles have zero net carbohydrates, no food energy, no gluten, and they are useful for those on low-carbohydrate diets like the Dukan diet. Tofu-based shirataki-style noodles contain a minimal amount of carbohydrate, have a much shorter shelf life, and require refrigeration even before opening.

Where to Get Shirataki noodles?

Depending where you live you might be able to get these in places like:

  • local supermarket
  • specialty stores with asian food
  • or order from Amazon


Shirataki Noodles
Source: Shirataki noodle by Yongjiet, on Flickr


Amount per 100g
Calories 10
Total Fat 0g
Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 0mg
Total Carbohydrate 1g
Fibre 5g
Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Source: MyFitnessPal

Shirataki noodles (yam noodles)

Fun Facts

Shirataki Konjac has been known and used in Asia for over two thousand years. It is known as Moyu or Juruo in China, and Konnyaku or Shirataki in Japan.

Shelf Life - 6-10 months refrigerated. 4 months pantry. Will last 2 months past printed expiration date if kept refrigerated.

The word "shirataki" means "white waterfall", describing the appearance of these noodles.

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