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What are Miracle Noodles made from?
Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice are Shirataki noodles, and have been enjoyed in Japan for over 1,400 years. That’s where I discovered them. And in 2006 I introduced this guilt-free noodle to the USA.
Made from the Konjac plant, Miracle Noodle and Miracle Rice are 97% water and 3% soluble fiber – called glucomannan -- (plus a natural calcium additive to help the noodles keep their shape). That’s it!
How do I use Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice to lose weight?
Glad you asked! In fact, my Mother lost around 30 pounds avoiding white flour and using our products instead!**
Miracle Noodles are 97% water. There's also 3% soluble vegetable fiber in the noodles. Together, the water and the fiber help you feel full — fast — even though the noodles have, at most, only a handful of calories per serving (many of our noodle and rice products are calorie-free!).
If you eat Miracle Noodles or Miracle Rice for lunch and/or dinner once a day instead of regular high- calorie pasta and rice dishes, you'll slash, on the conservative side, at least 2800 calories per week! How's that possible? An average person eats about 400 calories worth of high-carb pasta or rice at one sitting (x7 = 2800). That's 11,200 calories per month!
You can see how easy it is to lose weight just by eating something delicious once a day. Now imagine how much easier your weight loss will be eating Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice for both lunch and dinner!
P.S. They’re also low carb!
I’m on the Paleo diet. Are Miracle Noodles OK to eat?
Yes! Please pardon us when we say they may just save the day!
That’s because Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice are low/no carb, grain-free, gluten-free and 100% natural.
Many of our customers choose to follow the Paleo diet, and they’ve shared with us that being able to substitute pasta, rice and potatoes with Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice makes it easy to stay on the diet plan and succeed.
I’m on the Keto diet. Are Miracle Noodles low in carbs?
Yes! Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice (also known as shirataki noodles, which means “white waterfall”) give low carbohydrate dieters the freedom to enjoy the bliss of eating noodles and rice without the high calories, high carbohydrates, and blood sugar spikes.
Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice naturally contain zero net carbohydrates and zero net calories. They are NOT processed — or fake — foods! Made from the Konjac plant, Miracle Noodle and Miracle Rice are 97% water and 3% soluble fiber, plus a natural calcium additive to help the noodles keep their shape. That’s it!
I’m watching my blood sugar. I miss my pasta and rice! Are Miracle Noodles safe to eat?
Whether you're trying lose weight, eat low-carb or improve your blood sugar balance, you must learn to master the Glycemic Index. That means regular pasta, noodles and rice are a no-no on your approved diet list. At least that’s what you may have been told by your doctor or nutritionist.
Well, good news: you can have your cake and eat it, too. Ok, maybe not regular cake, but there's a substitute for several types of your favorite carbohydrates that you can enjoy guilt-free, everything from fettuccini to angel hair pasta to ziti to rice.
“How can that be?” you might ask. After all, aren't these the type of carbohydrates that rapidly convert into sugar, forcing your pancreas to work overtime, releasing more insulin, the hormone that escorts sugar from the bloodstream into the cells?
Aren't noodles one of the major foods responsible for your system having become more resistant to insulin over the years, making your cells reject the hormone? Aren't noodles high on the glycemic index, the scale that measures how quickly a certain food can raise blood sugar levels?
The answer to both questions is “yes” but with one major exception. In Japan, a noodle made from a flour called ‘Konjac’ has been a dietary staple for 1,400 years. It contains zero net calories and zero net carbs and has a glycemic index score of zero, meaning it will not spike your blood sugar levels at all.
That’s why the name “Miracle Noodle” is not hyperbole. It’s nothing short of miraculous that thousands of people have improved their blood sugar balance and lost significant weight and managed to stay on a low-carb diet just by incorporating Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice into their diet.
My husband and I are vegetarian and gluten-free. Please let Miracle Noodles be ok!
Yes, they are! Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice are Certified Vegan and are made from three simple ingredients – Water, Konjac flour and calcium additive (old-fashioned pickling lime). The calcium additive is used as a shape stabilizer for the noodles and completely natural.
Miracle Noodle currently has 10 products, none of which contain wheat or gluten. You can have your noodles and eat them, too...without the wheat.
Are Miracle Noodles and Rice kosher?
If you keep kosher, you’ll be happy to know that Miracle Noodle Angel Hair, Fettuccini, Miracle Rice, and Garlic and Herb noodles, which are all made in our factory near Los Angeles, are certified Kosher by Orthodox Union (click here to see our certification). Plus, Miracle Noodle Organic spaghetti, Organic Fettuccine, and Organic Rice are Kosher AND Organic.
Are Miracle Noodles natural, or are they “frankenfood”? What are the ingredients?
As you may know, there’s a simple rule for nutrition - if the ingredients of a product have to be listed in a lengthy paragraph and there are several words in there that you can’t even properly pronounce, it’s probably not good for you.
The opposite is also true. If the ingredients are only one simple line with ingredients that are easy to pronounce (and don’t sound like crazy chemicals) then it’s probably good for you (obviously I trust that you always use your own judgment in cases where it’s not clear).
The Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice are a prime example of this.
There are only three simple ingredients – water, Konjac flour and calcium additive (old-fashioned pickling lime). Konjac flour is a fiber that comes from the Konjac plant. The Konjac flour helps to improve digestion and is good for your intestines.* The fiber also makes you feel fuller longer.
Shirataki noodles also contain natural prebiotics – a key ingredient (especially in today’s environment) when it comes to gut health and inner balance.
I’m supposed to be careful about sodium. Do I need to worry with Miracle Noodle?
The Miracle Noodle mission is to give you peace of mind when it comes to food selection. We’re careful with the sodium!
Miracle Noodle pastas and Miracle rice are sodium-free except for the Black pasta which has only 5 mg.
Our Ready-To-Eat Meals do have sodium, but we worked hard to make sure it was below 400mg per serving (the pho has 405mg).
I’ve had breast cancer and am supposed to avoid soy. Are Miracle Noodles full of soy?
I’m sorry to hear that you have had to deal with breast cancer, and hope that you are recovering quickly and feeling better.
Please be assured that Miracle Noodle and Miracle Rice products are 100% soy-free.
What are Kanten Noodles? Are they different from Miracle Noodles?
You may be familiar with the Okinawa region of Japan, famous for its extraordinarily high number of centenarians — people who live healthy, robust lives to 100 and beyond.
Researchers who have studied these centenarians believe that their robust health partially stems from eating Kanten on a regular basis.
Kanten noodles are made from a type of seaweed vegetable known as tengusa. It’s a long, labor-intensive process to convert agar-agar, the gelatin-like substance of the tengusa into a delicious noodle.
Our Kanten Noodles are made using the traditional methods that have been passed down through generations: the seaweed is placed on the side of the mountain in the winter, where it freezes during the night and thaws during the day in the sunshine. Through careful maintenance by an artisan who constantly monitors meteorological condition, especially temperature, Kanten Noodles are created. This entire, painstaking process takes 3-4 weeks for just one batch!
Our Kanten Noodles are made by a family of amazing artisans who live at high altitudes in the mountains of Japan and work as part of a small, family-run Kanten noodle production facility.
What is the difference between Miracle Rice and Love My Rice?
We’ve made white rice healthy!
Miracle Rice is made with Konjac flour, and has zero calories and zero net carbs. There is a short, simple preparation process before eating and enjoying them.
Love My Rice is a combination of Konjac flour and white rice. By replacing most of the starch in white rice with Konjac flour, you’ll enjoy white rice with lower carbs, lower calories and 3grams of fiber per serving.
Love My Rice has only 70 calories and 15 g Net Carbs per serving. That’s almost half the calories and carbs found in regular white rice. It’s fast and easy to prepare — simply rip the top of the package about 2 inches and pop it in the microwave. Ta-da! Guilt-Free white rice!
Can my kids eat Miracle Noodles and Miracle Rice?
Yes! Kids in Japan enjoy big blocks of konnyaku (which is the same ingredient but in blocks not noodles) in their stews and soups. When you can focus on high-quality ingredients in the rest of the meal as they do in Japan, the Miracle Noodles just make it even healthier by avoiding the high starch and high sugar foods commonly overeaten by today's kids. They get the comfort food experience of slurping noodles without out any negatives. Mom and Dad will, too!
Are you still practicing medicine?
Yes! I love my medical practice. I’ve been a practicing M.D. since 2000 (almost 20 years ago!) In 2004, I had a patient who healed herself from lupus through nutritional and lifestyle modification. I was amazed and inspired and since then, I’ve treated 100's of patients through lifestyle modification, especially nutritional changes with a special interest in auto-immune diseases. This turned into the nutritional obsession that led to my learning about the health benefits of the Konjac plant that our products are mostly made from.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
** Individual results may vary. Yours may be even better!