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Get the Skinny on This Noodle!

  • Posted by: Rachel Beller MS, RD
    Biggest Loser Nutritionist

You may have already heard that Tofu Shirataki noodles support a skinny waistline as they are super low in calories and carbs (1/2 bag = 20 calories, 3 grams of carbohydrate and 2 grams of fiber). Betcha didn’t know there are even more healthful benefits! Some studies, including two published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition suggest that the konjac fiber found in these noodles may lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol and also potentially help keep blood sugars in check.

I love that they can be found at most general markets at less than $1.50 a bag and come in different varieties from angel hair to macaroni. A personal favorite of mine and The Biggest Loser contestants is to stick to the long, thinner noodles. The key is to first rinse them out in a strainer, and then get creative by adding them to soups or tossing them into stir-fries with colorful vegetables. My trick is to substitute half of my whole-wheat pasta serving with shirataki noodles, creating a 50/50 low-calorie split. The contestants loved tossing the noodles in marinara and sprinkling in some parmesan cheese – YUM! Isn’t it the best when healthy meets delicious?


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