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Has Anyone Seen The Ad For Calorie-free Pasta?

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Doesn't that seem a little wierd to you? How can food be calorie free? And what in heck is glucomannin? And where does it come from?

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I haven't heard of this but would never touch it. If it is calorie free it is formulated so that your body does not absorb or utilize anything in the product.

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Do a search for "konnyaku" and you'll find some info. Konnyaku(this is a Japanese word) is a completely safe plant substance. The way that I am familiar with it is as a pure product. As ravenwoodglass touched on, it basically goes right through you from what I understand. I haven't seen the recents adds but there are some noodles out there called shirataki. It can come in several forms. Try it if you want. I've eaten it countless times because it is an ingredient in many Japanese dishes. I have no GI trouble with it. You may want to chew it well.

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I assumed they were referring to tofu shiritaki noodles, which are around 30 calories a cup...like missy's mom said, those are pretty benign. idk about these other ones though, they might not be the best idea for a celiac who already has enough digestive trouble

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I used to take it in capsule form many years ago trying to lose weight:

Some herbs like glucommanon can expand fifteen to up to fifty times its original size and weight when it is eaten and this exerts pressure on the stomach walls and sends a signal to the brain that it is full.

It didnt work.....LOL But it didnt bother me in anyway either.

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The AdSense Ad is at the top of the page as I read this - subject to change of course. I understand completely what others have posted about making the ingredients undigestible, but if I were taking a survey about the believability of the ad (seen on ABC news - gluten free and calorie free) I would rate it as unbelievable as possible. "As seen on" whatever often means it was exposed as a fraud on whatever show and the ad writers are banking on the fact that almost nobody will bother to check up on that. If it sounds too good to be true . . . . . . :rolleyes:

Nevertheless, it sounds like a good addition for anyone who can eat it without problems - and so far that seems like everyone! :)

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I did read a review of the noodles that said that they do not taste/nor have the texture of gluten noodles and that many are disappointed by this. If you can accept them for their own uniqueness and use them in stir fry and such then they are fine.

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I did read a review of the noodles that said that they do not taste/nor have the texture of gluten noodles and that many are disappointed by this. If you can accept them for their own uniqueness and use them in stir fry and such then they are fine.

This is very true. They resemble pasta in shape only. Both the opaque white tofu variety and the clear white or grey varieties are more gelatin like. They absorb flavor only a little(if aat all) when simmered for a long time in a flavored broth. To me they have very little flavor of their own. The grey variety tastes a bit earthy and the tofu variety has a bit of a tofu flavor.

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I actually really like shiritaki noodles!

They are chewy, but have LOTS of fiber, (and if you get the tofu noodles, protein, too) and are a good choice if you're watching carbs or calories.

Rinse the noodles once they're out of the package, and boil them for about 10 minutes to eliminate the "natural odor" which smells like a bad day at the ocean. The key is to drain them well and to make sure that they are DRY before you add sauce. I love the "fettucine" noodles and would add broccoli, cauliflower, chicken and alfredo sauce. I always found them to be quite filling, but I always made sure to eat them with lots of veggies, too, so perhaps the veggies were actually making me full and not the noodles? :)

I wasn't a huge fan of the spaghetti ones, because I'd rather eat spaghetti squash and put sauce on THAT--more veggies!

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