The plant is sometimes referred to as elephant yam, even though it is an entirely different plant from the orange tuber yam that we are familiar with. Konjac is widely used in Japanese and Asian cuisines. It contains a kind of fiber called glucomannan, which has been associated with controlling blood sugar levels. The fiber is often used as a thickener in foods.
Now, a company called NoOodle has created an entire line of super low-calorie noodles and entrees. Created by self-taught chef and owner of Lincolnshire Gourmet in Highland Park, Illinois, Terri Rogers is known for providing her loyal patrons delicious, nutritious menu items. Inspired by a growing demand for healthy foods and requests for gluten-free, low-carb, low-calorie entrees, Rogers made a discovery that set in motion an amazing new food phenomenon known as the NoOodle™ – a no-calorie noodle.
The NoOodle has many other impressive attributes. It doesn’t contain any gluten, fat, net carbohydrates, soy or preservatives. It’s as guilt-free and as natural as raw celery stalks. But unlike celery, these super low-calorie noodles are a dieter’s and non-dieter’s dream food come true!
Recognizing the wellness potential for her customers seeking a healthy substitute for traditional noodle dishes, and for those afflicted with diabetes, celiac disease, adult or childhood obesity and other health concerns, Rogers went back to the kitchen and got to work on creating a line of NoOodle entrees using her signature recipes that could be sold at grocery stores all around the country. In fact, the University of Illinois (Chicago) and Swedish Covenant hospitals will soon be providing NoOodle™ meals to their patients.
In September 2010, the first wave of heat ‘n eat refrigerated entrees will be available for purchase online at NoOodle.com and at many Chicago area retailers. But NoOodle was kind enough to provide DietsInReview.com with a sneak preview taste of their soon-to-be-launched NoOodle entrees.
- Ultra-Lite Primavera – Fresh vegetables and NoOodle tossed in a light broth (30 calories per package)
- Mamma Mia! Marinara – Zesty marinara sauce with NoOodle (70 calories per package)
- Terri-yaki Chicken – A signature dish blending rich soy and spicy ginger with NoOodle™ (90 calories per package)
- Say Cheese, Pleeeze! – NoOodle in a creamy cheese sauce (140 calories per package)
These meals are super yummy, but just be aware that glucomannan needs to be consumed with a lot of water. The ingredient has been linked to choking or the gagging reflex in some people, especially with those with esophageal problems. You also don’t want to consume any product or supplement containing glucomannan right before going to bed or lying down.
While NoOodle provided Heather Ashare with sample product, this review is her own opinion and was not influenced or sponsored in any way.