'Miracle noodles' aid in fight against fat


by KING 5 HealthLink


Posted on April 14, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 10:44 AM

Lots of us are looking for that magic bullet to shed unwanted pounds. Now, some people are turning to an Asian noodle in the battle of the bulge, but is it really the perfect food to help you get thin?

A lot of folks are snapping up Japanese miracle noodles online to lose inches. Others say they look too weird to eat.

"They don't look yummy," said Ana Garcia. "It looks like a little white worm to be honest with you."
But nutritionists at Cleveland Clinic say the weight loss benefits these noodles pack can do wonders for your waistline.

The color and feel resembles a jellyfish. So what the heck are they? They really aren't noodles at all, but an Asian root or tuber that dates back more than 2,000 years.

"A tuber called koon yook," described Lillian Craggs, a nutrionist. "And it's actually a tuber that is almost all soluble fiber, and what's wonderful about this product is that it has no calories, no protein, it's very hypoallergenic."

The miracle noodle is also gluten and soy free.

Whole Foods sells a different kind of so-called "slimming noodle." Their shiratake noodle has tofu and a less bizarre texture. Brian Collardo of Whole Foods says shirataki noodles can taste really good if you get creative when cooking them, including snow peas, spring onions, seasoning, ponzu sauce, which has a sweet citrus taste, and sesame seeds.

In a flash it's ready to eat because the noodles come pre-cooked.

"It's a great noodle that's pretty much almost flavorless, so whatever you're gonna cook with it is gonna absorb all that flavor," said Collard.

The noodles are great for people trying to cut certain things out of their diet.

"The cool thing, right on the package there is no cholesterol, no sugar, gluten free, and vegan," said Collard.

Shoppers like them. But are they healthy? And why do they aid in the fight against fat?

"Soluble fiber is very healthy for us, not just for our digestive health, but also to help lower blood sugar," said Craggs. "It helps to lower cholesterol, and it also helps make you feel full."