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jms423 01-12-2011 08:21 PM

Tofu Shirataki Noodles??
I tried searching but didn't come up w/ any answers. Are tofu shirataki noodles SBD approved? If so, what phase? Thanks SBD gurus!!

Tofu Shirataki noodles are a favorite food of dieters everywhere. These Angel Hair shaped tofu and yam infused shirataki noodles are a healthy low-calorie, low-carb, gluten-free, and vegan alternative to regular pasta noodles. Since these shirataki noodles are made of tofu and yam flour, they will allow you to get your pasta fix without packing on the pounds. Tofu Shirataki noodles absorb whatever flavor you add to them, so don't be shy with the sauce.

TOFU (soybeans, calcium sulfate, glucono delta lactone), YAM FOUR, CALCIUM HYDROXIDE

Nutritional Facts:
Amount Per Serving
Calories 20
Calories From Fat 5
Total Fat 0.5 g
Saturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 15 mg
Total Carbohydrate 3 g
Dietary Fiber 2 g
Sugar 0 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 0 %
Vitamin C 2 %
Calcium 10 %
Iron 2 %

cottagebythesea 01-12-2011 08:32 PM

Shirataki is fine for Phase 2, but it should be avoided in Phase 1 because of the yam flour.

I love shirataki and it's a regular part of my diet. :)

jms423 01-12-2011 10:17 PM

Thanks for the info! I don't quite get why it isn't P1 acceptable. The glycemix index is very low. I am just thinking (in my opinion) 75 calories of this would be better than 75 calories of a NSA fudgisicle. Wouldn't this be less likely to bring on cravings than a artificial sweeteners and chemicals? I am not arguing, just curious as to to the rational beyond it.

zeffryn 01-12-2011 10:21 PM

yams are starchy and all forms of them should be avoided on phase 1...but i'm with you on your thinking. to be true to the guidelines, though, they should be avoided.

jms423 01-12-2011 10:55 PM

I found on another SBD forum that per the Daily Dish it was acceptable. I can't post links...but...

I guess we can go back and forth. It seem to "technically" not be ok but logically and rationally it seems better than 75-100 calories of "sweet treat" chemicals. I guess it all comes down to a personal preference and learning how/what our body reacts to. (which is what the journey is all about, right? :carrot:)

Thanks for your help!

zeffryn 01-12-2011 10:59 PM

I agree with you. It's much like the agave nectar debate - some say it is ok because it is such a low glycemic sweetener and it's a whole food rather than a chemical, others say it's not ok. it all comes down to our personal choice, because really, it is all our journey. try it, if it doesn't cause crazy cravings, go ahead and use them.

it is important though for us to give the technicalities so that each of us can make that decision for ourselves :)

jms423 01-12-2011 11:06 PM

agreed! That is why I came to the best source ever for answers and support. Love this board and its amazing members

CyndiM 01-13-2011 05:56 AM

I would love to see the Daily Dish piece about it. I think that, like agave, we are all making our best guess. Someone did note that those yams aren't like ours so it might be a factor. I do think the agave thing makes sense because low glycemic or not (and it's still much higher than fruit we don't eat) it is fructose. Once again though that's just my opinion :) We will always run into foods that Dr. A didn't put on the list. It's much easier to make those informed guesses about Phase 2 foods.

*and as Zeff said, ultimately we decide for ourselves. That should be done carefully, testing a little and watching for cravings.

myyear 01-13-2011 09:29 AM

A few years ago I copied and pasted the Daily Dish from the official South Beach website that stated shirataki noodles are perfectly acceptable in Phase 1 because they are mainly fiber.

The "yam flour" in the ingredients is just another name for glucomannan, which is fiber from an oriental tuber plant.

I plan on using it in Phase 1. If you'd like I'll try and find my copy and pasting of that article into word. It's been a few years. Let me know if you want it.

murphmitch 01-13-2011 09:51 PM

From the South Beach web site's Daily Dish:

Shirataki Noodles are acceptable for every phase of SB.

Here's a little info about Shirataki Noodles, made from tofu and a Japanese yam (also known as Konjac):

They're about 96% water and 4% soluble fiber. So its a great low carb noodle! They are a very traditional Japanese product. The word shirataki means "white waterfall," because of the appearance of these noodles. They are translucent and have no discernable taste of their own. But they easily absorb flavors from the other ingredients they are cooked with. So go ahead and use them as you would any other noodle or pasta They can also be sauted in a pan with garlic and soy sauce.

The noodles come packaged in water in a plastic bag. I've also heard they come in cans, too. Please drain the noodles well before cooking. The noodles can stay at room temperature for about one year. Do not freeze. To cook, simply steam, saute or boil for 3-5 minutes. Then add them as an ingredient to any other dish. You can even use them cold with a simple dressing.

mistypaw 01-13-2011 10:17 PM

Thank you for that information! I was eyeing this in the store the other day and wondering!

zeffryn 01-13-2011 11:42 PM


i love making thai peanut noodles with them :)

TallandThin 01-14-2011 01:45 PM

Hey Zef, I did a search for the thai peanut noodles but came up empty handed. Can you post the recipe please?

litar 01-15-2011 07:05 AM

Where can you purchase these? I live in a small town....thanks for any help!

Ruthxxx 01-15-2011 08:42 AM

Litar, I love them and live in a small town too. I order them online from lowcarb grocery here in Canada. I've never seen them in the stores.

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