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Are Shirataki noodles paleo?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 13, 2011 at 12:33 AM

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirataki_noodles

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on June 22, 2012
at 07:20 PM

Not Paleo at all. Harmful? Dunno.

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

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on November 29, 2011
at 02:16 AM

The writing on the packages of the stuff I usually get is in Japanese so I assume this is the same stuff. The Miracle noodle brand is not but very similar and I think made the same way from the same ingredients.

218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on November 28, 2011
at 11:41 PM

rubber bands! that's part of the experience!! it's an acquired taste. All that frying seems a wasteful (of your time) to me. Don't look at them as a substitute for anything, use them as they are meant - like in sukiyaki. Curious to know if there is much difference between the quality and taste of stuff here in Japan and what Westerners get where they are..

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on November 28, 2011
at 02:14 AM

Maybe so, but something was definitely wrong with the ones I had. I ate 3 or 4 noodles to see if I liked them, threw up whole noodles less than an hour later, and proceeded to vomit constantly for the next week or so. I have no idea what the hell happened.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on November 27, 2011
at 08:25 PM

The amount of soy in that version is so negligible as to probably not be an issue. I do like those better texture wise. I don't eat these anymore since I added green bean starch and rice noodles back to my diet (the latter per PHD). Excellent advice on prep Shari. I also wring mine out with a paper towel to get as much water out as possible.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on November 27, 2011
at 08:22 PM

These noodles are essentially all soluble fiber. They have been known to send folks running if you know what I mean. Also possible you didn't rinse the packing solution thoroughly enough.

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

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on November 27, 2011
at 04:58 AM

Do you actually read the studies you link to? They were case studies with absolutely massive amounts of soy products. A bit isn't going to hurt you. I get my shirataki noodles with tofu in them and I have no libido problems.

C3edabc6267abec9b5f8178e5d73552c

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on November 27, 2011
at 04:30 AM

uhh.. she said withOUT tofu

D3f3b91d1dd9ce60865654faeb2ec809

on November 27, 2011
at 04:10 AM

To me they're analogous to rice, albeit lower in carbohydrates on a per-gram basis. At best a harmless, empty addition to your meal.

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on April 13, 2011
at 03:12 AM

Tofu, soybean product, is associated with loss of libido in men. They carry a lot of estrogen. http://freetheanimal.com/2011/03/news-flash-vegan-soy-consumption-gives-you-a-limp-dick.html Not a product you want in your body. http://freetheanimal.com/2009/02/poison-soy.html

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on April 13, 2011
at 03:10 AM

Tofu, soybean product, is associated with loss of libido in men. They carry a lot of estrogen. freetheanimal.com/2009/02/poison-soy.html Not a product you want in your body. freetheanimal.com/2011/03/…

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

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on April 13, 2011
at 03:09 AM

Tofu, soybean product, is associated with loss of libido in men. They carry a lot of estrogen. http://freetheanimal.com/2009/02/poison-soy.html http://freetheanimal.com/2011/03/news-flash-vegan-soy-consumption-gives-you-a-limp-dick.html Not a product you want in your body.

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on April 13, 2011
at 02:52 AM

thanks for the feedback, can you please tell why you recommend the one with tofu?

B4ec9ce369e43ea83f06ee645169cee0

on April 13, 2011
at 01:43 AM

I just ordered these yesterday, thanks so much for the tips!!!

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on April 13, 2011
at 12:55 AM

Pretty much sums it up for me.

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on April 13, 2011
at 01:02 AM

Mark just mentioned this in a recent blog post.

I would agree with him. Paleo? Probably not. Detrimental? Probably not. Helpful? Quite possibly.

Make sure to buy the ones without tofu. The BIG TRICK to these things is to dry them out before you eat them. When you open the bag you will want to gag from the fish smell. It's not fish but it smells like bad fish. Rinse well then fry in a dry pan for a long time. They will give off a lot of liquid. I fry for maybe 10 minutes then dump the water then fry more then dump then fry more. I do at least 20 minutes. They will shrink in volume but the texture will get much better and you won't feel like you are eating rubber bands. These work best with asian-inspired sauces but you can do Italian as well although I think those work best after sitting for a day in the fridge.

I buy them by the case from a local market but only use them every once in a while. It's just nice knowing you have this option when only a noodle will do.

Edit: I just wanted to put in a thumbs up for the Miracle Rice which is nothing like rice of course but little pearls instead of noodles. Supposedly the same thing but I find no fishy smell and they taste much better to me. The texture is vastly superior IMO. I'm now ordering these by the case and on autoship (Yes, I am a freak. I know.) I'm really enjoying these as a filler product with stews, chili, curries, etc. It's NOT rice and if you can eat rice without issue then don't even think about this product but for those of us who need to eat low carb this isn't a bad option.

37730f18e028cdda4d4386e31d3d30f3

(88)

on April 13, 2011
at 02:52 AM

thanks for the feedback, can you please tell why you recommend the one with tofu?

B4ec9ce369e43ea83f06ee645169cee0

on April 13, 2011
at 01:43 AM

I just ordered these yesterday, thanks so much for the tips!!!

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on April 13, 2011
at 03:09 AM

Tofu, soybean product, is associated with loss of libido in men. They carry a lot of estrogen. http://freetheanimal.com/2009/02/poison-soy.html http://freetheanimal.com/2011/03/news-flash-vegan-soy-consumption-gives-you-a-limp-dick.html Not a product you want in your body.

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on April 13, 2011
at 03:10 AM

Tofu, soybean product, is associated with loss of libido in men. They carry a lot of estrogen. freetheanimal.com/2009/02/poison-soy.html Not a product you want in your body. freetheanimal.com/2011/03/…

06d21b99c58283ce575e36c4ecd4a458

(9948)

on April 13, 2011
at 03:12 AM

Tofu, soybean product, is associated with loss of libido in men. They carry a lot of estrogen. http://freetheanimal.com/2011/03/news-flash-vegan-soy-consumption-gives-you-a-limp-dick.html Not a product you want in your body. http://freetheanimal.com/2009/02/poison-soy.html

Cf32992bfa1907147c7cdc451bba9c63

(2890)

on November 27, 2011
at 04:58 AM

Do you actually read the studies you link to? They were case studies with absolutely massive amounts of soy products. A bit isn't going to hurt you. I get my shirataki noodles with tofu in them and I have no libido problems.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on November 27, 2011
at 08:25 PM

The amount of soy in that version is so negligible as to probably not be an issue. I do like those better texture wise. I don't eat these anymore since I added green bean starch and rice noodles back to my diet (the latter per PHD). Excellent advice on prep Shari. I also wring mine out with a paper towel to get as much water out as possible.

C3edabc6267abec9b5f8178e5d73552c

(725)

on November 27, 2011
at 04:30 AM

uhh.. she said withOUT tofu

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on November 29, 2011
at 02:16 AM

The writing on the packages of the stuff I usually get is in Japanese so I assume this is the same stuff. The Miracle noodle brand is not but very similar and I think made the same way from the same ingredients.

218f4d92627e4289cc81178fce5b4d00

on November 28, 2011
at 11:41 PM

rubber bands! that's part of the experience!! it's an acquired taste. All that frying seems a wasteful (of your time) to me. Don't look at them as a substitute for anything, use them as they are meant - like in sukiyaki. Curious to know if there is much difference between the quality and taste of stuff here in Japan and what Westerners get where they are..

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on April 13, 2011
at 12:54 AM

Don't care! VLC noodles!

98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

(24286)

on April 13, 2011
at 12:55 AM

Pretty much sums it up for me.

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Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

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on November 27, 2011
at 02:35 AM

I would still say it's a food "product," and food products are not food.

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E36cb992cf0a5eba8b97a359c15f38b3

on November 28, 2011
at 11:24 PM

Have you tried kelp noodles? I find the taste/smell a little easier to handle. That being said, I feel as though the ones without soy are "paleo enough" for me.

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on November 27, 2011
at 04:53 AM

god whatever you do, be careful how you handle them. I had some once and I think they got spoiled somehow, and I got sicker than I have ever been in my entire life.

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on November 27, 2011
at 08:22 PM

These noodles are essentially all soluble fiber. They have been known to send folks running if you know what I mean. Also possible you didn't rinse the packing solution thoroughly enough.

Medium avatar

(2301)

on November 28, 2011
at 02:14 AM

Maybe so, but something was definitely wrong with the ones I had. I ate 3 or 4 noodles to see if I liked them, threw up whole noodles less than an hour later, and proceeded to vomit constantly for the next week or so. I have no idea what the hell happened.

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319cdfcd8ec0467f34a3c5aeb2a5e045

on October 26, 2012
at 07:27 AM

I'd lump these in to 80/20. This time of year, I crave noodle soups, so it seems a good way to get my cozy without ruining my diet. Besides, I love the way they handle multiple reheats!

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Dc69594b2a1bbc32a6389924248387d6

on October 26, 2012
at 07:17 AM

I have been thinking about getting the noodles for some paleo pho. I find breakfast has been hard for me on paleo. On a SAD diet, I rarely ate breakfast, but now I find I need that energy source in the morning. So I was thinking a nice spicy paleo pho in the morning would be nice. And I'm thinking the "rice" might be good when I really want Indian food.

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on October 23, 2012
at 07:12 PM

I stopped eating these when I became paleo and only recently added them back into my diet. I think they aren't harmful, just sort of texture and no calories. The seaweed noodles are terrific, though they don't get soft like regular noodles. They stay crunchy and are great cut up in salads. Sometimes, though, you really do miss noodles and thees are a good substitute.

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on June 22, 2012
at 06:04 PM

I like Miracle Noodle shirataki noodles without the soy/tofu. I add them to many dishes, stir fries, soups, casseroles or with many sauces. They take on the flavor of whatever you make. Very easy to use and fast in preparation with busy schedules. Rinse well, sometmes cut before adding to dishes, heat and serve. no carbs, calories, sodium. Their facebook page has lots of recipes to try!

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