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January 19, 2005 The Low Carb Grocery Newsletter
Volume 3
At The Low Carb Grocery, we strive to bring added value to our customers by providing continuous education about low-carb living. Whether you're a low carb veteran, or new to this healthier way of living, I hope you find our newsletters informative and helpful.

This week, we introduce Konjac Food, what it is, what its benefits are, and how it makes adding Noodles back to your low carb diet possible with:

  • ZERO carbs!
  • ZERO calories!

YES! You read it right! Make sure you read on to learn more about glucomannan, a dream come true for diabetics and low carbers!

While on the topic of noodles, we will also discuss Dreamfields Pasta, another great product enjoyed by many low carb dieters. We will review its ingredients, the explanation of its net digestable carb count, and some tips about the preparation of the pasta.

And finally, we conclude this newsletter with some great recipes for low-carb noodle dishes. Noodles for dinner tonight, anyone?

Konjac Foods: ZERO carbs, ZERO calories
Justine Yau   shirataki
What Are They?

Konjac foods are made from Konjac Glucomannan and water. Glucomannan, also known as konjac fiber, is a water-soluble fiber derived from the root of the konjac plant that grows in China and Japan. Konjac foods are very low carb and a naturally low glycemic food.

Glucomannan is widely used in Asia as traditional foods, such as noodles, tofu and heat stable gelled food products. The most common on the market today are the Japanese style Konnyaku (Japanese Yam Cake) and Shirataki Noodles. They are either white in color, or in brown/green color if seaweed color is added, almost transparent and gelatinous, and sold in liquid-filled plastic bags. They consist primarily of a glucomannan polysaccharide, water and calcium hydroxide. On the nutritional label, for each 28g (1oz) serving, the calories is 10 and carbohydrates is 2g, and it is not a source of protein or fat. Fiber is not mentioned on the label, but the 2g comes from the glucomannan fiber, making the noodle/yam cake essentially a zero calorie and zero carb food!

Konjac food products have a neutral taste and it absorbs the taste of sauces or other ingredients you cook with them very easily. They can be prepared in soup or fried with meat and vegetables. In the Recipe Section of this newsletter, we will provide you with a recipe that I myself tried with the Shirataki noodles. It is very easy to prepare, delicious, and low carb!

Dreamfields Pasta - What's the Secret?
Justine Yau  
Dreamfields Pasta makes the claim of "Net 5g of digestible carbs per 56g dry pasta serving". If you look at the ingredient list, it is made with enriched semolina, B Vitamins, Fiber Blend, Sorbitol, Wheat Gluten and Potassium Chloride, pretty much the same as the regular pasta. So how come there are only 5g of digestible carbs?

On the box of the pasta, it shows that there is 42g total carbohydrates per serving, 4g of fiber, and 31g of Protected Carbs, making it 40-4-31=5g of digestible carbs. What is the secret behind these Protected Carbs?

I get this question a lot in the store and I would like to share the answer here with all of you. Unlike a lot of the other low carb pasta, where majority of the carbohydrates are replaced by fiber and protein, dreamfields pasta is in fact a brilliant product created under a special manufacturing process, made possible by modern technology.

Try These Recipes!
Justine Yau  
Looking for neat ways to enjoy Shirataki Noodles or Dreamfields pasta? We've just added two recipes in the Meal Plans/Recipes section of our website (our first two).

Enjoy!

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