Saturday, 18 August 2012
Health Benefits of the Konjac Noodle
No one can seem to escape the new popularity of the Konjac Noodle. It is everywhere on the internet and Asian stores are promoting the noodle as a great addition to weight loss plans, as well as a healthy regular diet.
The Konjac Noodle popularly known as the Shirataki Noodle is made from powdered yam flour. The Yam, is not a typical yam, and is referred to as the Elephant Yam. It can also be known as the Devil's Tongue and Snake Palm in other regions. It is actually the Konjac plant and not related to the yam family. It has no tubers, and the flour is made from the dried root. One root can weigh an average of 10lbs and can produce a large amount of flour.
The benefits of this wonder noodle are attributed to the highly soluble fiber content called glucomaanan. Glucomaanan is an emollient polysaccharide fiber containing manose and glucose sugars. This fiber does not digest but forms a jelly like mass which cleanses the system of unwanted fatty deposits and toxins. Its slow movement through the digestive system is what lends its sugar regulating abilities by giving your body ample time to absorb the sugars. It also keeps the body from insulin spiking and creating too much insulin.
Darren McDuffie is a nutrition education and weight loss management specialist. He is passionate about helping people reach their weight loss goals and has recently discovered a wonder food called Miracle Noodles. Shirataki Noodles