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The Skinny on Shirataki Noodles
Are you a pasta lover struggling to find a low carb alternative? Shirataki noodles may be the answer. These Asian noodles come in three varieties: white, brown and tofu. Since the white shirataki noodles
are made from the konjac plant, a subtropical plant, these
noodles provide a high-fiber, low carb replacement to the
gluten and carb-heavy spaghetti products we know well in the US. For
those looking to increase their daily fiber intake, look no further
then the brown shirataki noodle. This shirataki comes packed with added calcium and iron for the health-conscious noodle lover. Finally, tofu shirataki noodles
contain high concentrations of protein by blending the konjac root with
the nutritious soy bean curb of tofu. This noodle works
great in sukiyaki dishes or vegetable stir fries.
Cooking shirataki noodles
is easy as long as you follow a few initial steps. Before you do
anything else, be sure you've rinsed the noodles thoroughly. When the
noodles are clean, parboil
(or partially boil) the noodles in boiling water for two to three
minutes - or until the noodles have softened to suit your tastes.
Simply add your favorite sauce or include the noodles with a sukiyaki
or vegetable stir fry of your choice, and enjoy! Keep in mind that shirataki noodles
can be long, so depending on how you're planning to prepare
them, you may want to cut them to more appropriate lengths.
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types are vegan-friendly, gluten-free and the closest low carb
alternative to the wheat noodle available. If you've been holding off
that diet because it doesn't work with your high-carb noodle dishes -
look no further than our assorted varieties of shirataki. Asian Food Grocer is your source for shirataki noodles.
What Makes Green, Jasmine and Tie Yan Guan so Special?
If your morning routine has been that hefty cup of coffee for too long, consider an Asian tea alternative to improve your day-to-day health. A few Asian teas getting a lot of attention in the US these days include green, jasmine, and Tie guan yin(Oolong) tea varieties.
China and India have both known and praised the benefits of green tea for thousands of years. Both cultures have used the tea to treat all form of illnesses from minor headaches and influenza to chronic depression and cancer. Green tea is a proven cholesterol reducer, having been shown in tests to reduce your triglyceride levels. Switching to green tea is also advantageous for those interested in increasing their daily antioxidant consumption.
What makes it so special? It turns out that green tea has many redeeming nutritional qualities. One cup of Green tea contains high levels of Vitamin's C and E, boosting your immune system and general well being. More recently, scientific research has begun to prove even broader benefits associated with regularly green tea consumption. Studies like the 1994 Journal of the National Cancer Institute indicate green tea reduces the risk of certain types of cancer, some times as much as 50 or 60 percent. The Chinese used the tea's ability to kill bacteria as way to store food, and these same properties have been identified as helping to prevent tooth decay.
Jasmine tea is another healthy morning replacement to coffee. Jasmine tea eliminates free radicals, a quality that has been shown helpful in preventing cancer and aging. The benefits of Jasmine tea are also believed to include supporting a healthier circulatory system. Drinking Jasmine tea regularly has been associated with lower instances of brain strokes, heart attacks, thrombosis, and arterial sclerosis in individuals.
Finally, the Tie Guan Yin, or Oolong, variety of Chinese tea is yet another healthy hot beverage choice for those curious to discover Asian teas. Tie Guan Yin's high concentration of the Polyphenol antioxidant has also been linked to lower instances of cancer and illness in those who regularly consume it. Tie Guan Yin's significant Polyphenol levels also produce the unique flavor and soft texture characterizing this Chinese tea. Stock up on green, jasmine, and Tie Guan Yin teas, at Asian Food Grocer.Continue Reading