I just went to the Asian market and got some shirataki noodles. The only thing on the package in English are the nutrition facts.
It states: Calores: 0 Serving Size: 1oz. (28g)
Ingredients are: Purified Water, Yam Flour and Calcium Hydroxide.
Are these seriously zero calories or should I be logging these somehow and if so, how many calories should I use? I've found other brands of shirataki noodles doing a search, but they've all come up with 20 cals per serving.
I'd log 20 cals per serving ... just make sure you are certain what a serving is.
I have a package in front of me -- in Englich:
Serving size 4 oz, 112g
Fat calories 5
total fat: .5g
Vit A: 0
Thank you! I'll go with the 20cals for 4oz. I love my kitchen scale...it's pretty amazing!
...and of course...20 cals isn't going to break my calorie intake really, so...I appreciate the responses.
I really didn't like the shirataki noodles, but fiber gourmet has some terrific ones that are high fiber and taste like normal noodles and they're not slimy!
Hungry girl has info on both types.
I see them at Whole Foods all the time. They are okay. Not much to them.
Shirataki is sold in mainly Asian markets. The "cake" form (non-noodle form, looks like a slab of it instead) is called kon'nyaku in Japanese (I think the Chinese market spelled it cognac or coggnac or some variation of that). Try checking if there's any Asian markets near your area if you can't find it locally. Most Japanese markets should sell it, but I've seen them in Chinese/Korean markets as well. http://www.telephoneguide.com/ has an Japanese market search if you live in the US.
There are a small amount of calories in shirataki and kon'nyaku (2 oz= 10 calories, ~20-30 per package is normal. House foods http://www.house-foods.com/ is one of the makers of shirataki in the US and has the facts on their site) but I've noticed that in many Asian products where they affix a sticker over the original nutrition facts label, it's a little bit off. Like my seaweed mix had <300 mg of salt for the whole package in the original nutrition facts, then the sticker said 8000 mg for 100g (1 package = 100g) >_>;
I bought mine wholesale from a site for Japanese restaurant supplies, they taste of nothing on their own, but put them in a stir fry with some veg & stir fry sauce and they're amazing! They are NOT slimy unless you haven't rinsed & blanched them first. Be warned, they smell oddly fishy before washing! The smell goes away though, and they don't taste of fish! The note in with the noodles said they are 97% water, and 3% fibre, and 5 calories per 100g. I'm not sure how right that is, but it was in the info sent with the noodles, so.
It sounds as though you purchased pure shirataki noodles Tatjana.
The simple answer is, YES... shirataki noodles are EFFECTIVELY calorie free! Because the calories they contain are unusable! (i.e. They can not be converted to energy).
Japanese shirataki ...noodles are made from the root of the konjac plant which is 100% soluble fiber and dietary fiber (both soluble and insoluble) are unusable calories because the body is incapable of converting them to energy and they simply pass through the digestive system without being used.
That said, dietary fiber is classed as a carbohydrate and carbohydrates contain approximately four calories per gram so you may see conflicting figures stating that a serve contains 10 calories. This is because a serve contains 2.5 grams of dietary fiber which is multiplied by four calories per gram to give a figure of 10 calories. But, as mentioned previously, these are unusable calories because the body is incapable of converting them to energy.
I Found out that my local fred meyer carries them! I was sooo excited. I'm going to buy them tommorrow when I get groceries. Hopefully this helps!