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THE ORIGIN OF SHIRATAKI

"Shirataki" means "white waterfall" and was invented by the Japanese over 1500 years ago, it's medicinal qualities have been appreciated as early as the 6th century. Composed of water and dietary fibre, they are very low in carbohydrates and calories. They help to reduce cholesterol, fat and sugar absorption and are used widely in Asia to facilitate weight loss and to maintain general health and well being.

WHAT IS SHIRATAKI MADE FROM?

Shirataki noodles are made from flour ground from the bulbous root of the Konjac plant. It is composed of 3% soluble fibre and 97% water to create a solid gel. When left in blocks this gel is called konnyaku. When formed into noodles it is called Shirataki.

Shirataki is effectively calorie free since the human body is incapable of converting fibre into energy. 

HOW ARE ZEN RAMEN NUDE NOODLES DIFFERENT FROM OTHER PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET?

Most Shirataki noodles are "wet" packed in liquid, and require rinsing as the water they are packaged in has an unpleasant odour. The texture is also rubbery and can be unfamiliar to Western palates.  

Zen Ramen is a premium Shirataki noodle sourced from Nagoya, Japan and is dry packed like traditional wheat noodles or pasta. It is cooked the same way (5 minutes in boiling water), there is no odour and the texture is chewy and "al-dente".  

HEALTH BENEFITS OF ZEN RAMEN NUDE NOODLES:

  • Vegan, gluten free, grain free, egg free and dairy free
  • Low carbohydrate and suitable for Paleo diets
  • Helps prevent 'spikes' in blood sugar levels
  • Reduces cholesterol levels, LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglycerides
  • Low FODMAP friendly
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Reduces inflammation and increases healthy gut bacteria
  • Aids in vitamin and mineral absorption
  • 28 calories per serve (vs average of 300 calories per serving of traditional pasta or noodles)
  • Fibre acts as an appetite suppressant by slowing digestion and keeping you full for longer