Food Talk And Fabulous Finds - skeptical of nutritional label of yam noodles

04-08-2008, 01:09 AM
I have a couple packs of these yam noodles, which are made from yam flour and are fairly similiar to shirataki noodles. For those of you that are unfamiliar, this type of noodle comes in little bundles and is common in chinese hot pot cooking. The caloric content of the entire pack, which is 14 small little bundles is 100 calories and 16 g of fiber. I mean, it's excellent that it's so low in calories and high in fiber. However, I have read up the nutritional content of yams in several websites and a whole yam doesn't even measure up in terms of its fiber when compared to these noodles.
Im just unsure as to whether I should trust the label and believe that I'm really getting 16 g of fiber in consuming a container.
What do you think??

04-08-2008, 01:29 AM
The "yam flour" in shiritaki noodles is actually konjac/gluccomanan powder. Konjac yam is not the same kind of yam we're used too. It's actually surprising that the pack you have actually contains as much as 100 calories since it's mostly fiber.

04-08-2008, 01:46 AM
Yup. The yam flour in shirataki noodles and the noodles you have are from an Asian mountain yam. Completely different from what we consider a yam.

The funny thing is, what we consider a yam, is not technically a yam anyway. It's a sweet potato. True yams are grown in Africa and the Caribbean and are bigger then a very muscular man's arm. Sorry about going off on a tangent... ;)

04-09-2008, 04:52 PM
thanks very much for the clarification!
so i should eat away trusting the caloric content on the label??

04-09-2008, 04:56 PM
so i should eat away trusting the caloric content on the label??

Yes! :D

04-13-2008, 03:14 AM
beegoss - Unfortunately, my part of Canada doesn't seem to carry shirataki noodles yet. Where do you live? What are the ingredients listed for the yam noodles that you bought? Where did you find them?

Thank you!