UPDATE: If you’re a cardiac patient, dieter or diabetic on a low-carb eating plan and you CRAVE pasta, House Foods® Tofu Shirataki is a tasty low-carb (and gluten-free) alternative you can get excited about. It has a unique texture, but it’s still very ‘noodle-like’ and satisfying to the pasta-deprived palate. Use them for any past dish, soups, or stir fry.

Low-carb pasta substitute

Shirataki noodles are Japanese slippery glass noodles made with konnyaku (a member of the Japanese yam family). Tofu Shirataki is made by blending tofu and the flour of konnyaku to soften the texture and make it more appealing to traditional pasta fanatics.

So if you’ve missed eating noodles, you can eat them now — guilt free. I have to agree with the products’ marketers on this one in that Tofu Shirataki is a “pasta lover’s dream”. It has little flavor on its own which makes it a versatile element in any dish. They’re packed in water and there are four different shapes to choose from: fettuccine, elbow, angel hair, and spaghetti. (I prefer their larger, flat fettuccine shape over the spaghetti.)

Tofu shirataki has the following nutrients per 4-oz. serving:

  • 10 calories
  • 3 g carbohydrate
  • 2 g fiber
  • 10% calcium
  • 0 g saturated fat
  • 15 mg sodium

Compare that with 4 oz. of cooked traditional pasta:

  • 200 calories
  • 42 g carbohydrate
  • 3 g fiber
  • 0% calcium
  • 0 g saturated fat
  • 0 mg sodium

Apple c heart symbol_40x54Fit Tip: Rinse the noodles well in a colander under running water after opening the package. Then parboil for 3 minutes and drain to thoroughly remove the aroma. Those not used to it may find it off-putting, but it will completely disappear after rinsing and parboiling. Top with Monte Bene® Farm Fresh Pasta Sauce, add to soupssalads, casseroles, and use in Asian dishes. Enjoy!

Karen Owoc

Karen Owoc is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist specializing in cardiology. Her back-to-basics, science-based approach to longevity, nutrition, and muscle health has made her the go-to source for health seekers and medical professionals alike. Karen's best-selling book on functional longevity, Athletes in Aprons: The Nutrition Playbook to Break 100 and her transformative perspective have reshaped and mended many minds, hearts, and spirits.

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