Whether you're trying lose weight, eat low-carb or improve diabetes, especially type 2, you must learn to master the Glycemic Index. That means 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 rigatoni to rice.
“How can that be?” you might ask. After all, aren't these the type of carbohydrates that rapidly convert into sugar, forcing my 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 my system having become more resistant to insulin over the years, making my 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 2000 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 diabetes and lost significant weight and managed to stay on a low-carb diet just by incorporating noodles and rice made of konjac flour into their diet.
It’s also miraculous that this noodle doesn't even have to be cooked for more than a minute or two; Miracle Noodles readily absorbs whatever spices and sauces you're cooking with. There's even a little fiber in the noodles. The fiber slightly expands in your stomach, making you feel full longer, eliminating cravings for carbohydrates that quickly convert into sugar. (There will be a whopping 6 grams of fiber in our upcoming Dry Pasta version; sign up for our newsletter to be notified when they are available.)
In fact, making Miracle Noodle products a prominent part of your diet can slash 2000 calories per week from your caloric intake.
Let’s do a little diet math. There are approximately 3500 calories in one pound of fat. Drinking one can of regular soda per day equals 150 calories. Drink a soda every day and that’s 1050 extra calories per week and 4200 calories per month.
Hypothetically speaking, assuming that you were burning as many calories as you were consuming, minus the can of soda, that’s a caloric surplus of 1200 calories per month. Multiply 1200 calories times one year and you get 14,400 extra calories from that one can of soda. This translates into packing on 3 extra pounds per year from just one can of daily soda.
Add to the 3 pounds all the extra calorie-rich and blood-sugar spiking foods and it’s not difficult to comprehend how easy it is to gain weight over the years.
It’s critical to eat lots of foods that do not raise your blood sugar levels and lower the glycemic load. Glycemic load takes into account the amount of carbohydrates (and protein and fat) consumed at one sitting. For example, if you ate a dinner of Miracle Noodle Spinach Angel Hair Pasta drizzled with olive oil, garlic and lemon and pepper, and a 6 oz. (the size of one and a half average-sized fists) portion of salmon, your glycemic load would be near zero (the lower the number, the better).
It’s understandable that once in a while you’ll dine out. If you have a craving for regular noodles, limiting the amount of starchy carbohydrates (like spaghetti) and eating plentiful vegetables and lean protein with it will help control your blood sugar levels. Your glycemic load won’t be zero if you eat regular noodles instead of shirataki pasta from Miracle Noodle, but you'll be on your way to reversing diabetes.
That’s why it’s always wise to eat three balanced meals a day (preferably at the same time every day) that contain protein, fat and a low-glycemic index carbohydrate. Miracle Noodle products are miraculous because they are the only noodle and rice offerings that are so low on the glycemic index that they all rate zero on the scale.
Did you know that when you eat a very large serving of pasta, what you are actually doing is feeding the brain’s reward circuitry, firing up the pleasure centers of the brain’s neurons.
But how do you feel, say, within a couple hours of overindulging on pasta? Chances are, not very energetic. Though eating lots of pasta can trigger the brain’s reward or pleasure center, there’s actually very little reward felt by the rest of your body. Instead, what is actually happening is the “Wanting or motivation by the brain to obtain the stimulation,” according to a study by psychologists at the University of Michigan.
Besides the risk of becoming diabetic, or failing to improve or manage it if you already have, there are lots of other health reasons why you should consider trying to kick your pasta addiction. These include:
Obesity and complications arising from it
Lack of energy due to blood sugar level fluctuations
Irritability or mood disorders also due to blood sugar fluctuation
Respect the ritual to help kick pasta addiction
When you’re at home cooking your favorite pasta, do you watch your favorite TV show? Do you have your favorite wine glass you sneak sips from in between stirring the sauce, sprinkling some spice and chopping vegetables to add to your mountain of incredible-tasting pasta?
Continue this routine of eating your favorite comfort food. In fact, you can enjoy this ritual every single day, not only, say, on pasta night, which some families have only once per week. If you have your favorite dining ware set aside for pasta night, use it often.
So how can I stop my addiction if you’re telling me to continue to cook pasta?
There’s good news and bad news. Bad news first: You’ll never be able to fully kick your pasta habit but the good news is now you don’t ever have to, thanks to a net-zero calorie and net-zero carbohydrate pasta called Miracle Noodle. A food that bills itself as a “Miracle” product better back its claim.
Based on hundreds of testimonials, Miracle Noodle has certainly helped many people improve their health, including managing diabetes. These flour noodles, which have been a staple of Japanese diets for over 2000 years, comes from the root of a plant and is comprised almost entirely of fiber. The fibrous plant matter is shaped like regular pasta and has the same texture of several pasta products and easily absorbs the sauces, spices and herbs of any pasta recipe. (Miracle Noodle also offers Miracle Rice.)
Miracle Noodle has been mentioned by name by numerous news programs, Dr. Oz, Rachael Ray, and celebrity chefs like Rocco Dispiroto in his cookbooks, but what is really rewarding for the company is the daily emails and letters received from people who, for whatever reason, can longer eat noodles such as gluten-free dieters, diabetics and people on weight loss plans.
Should I quit pasta cold turkey?
There’s now no longer any reason to quit eating pasta with Miracle Noodle. Again, just in case you didn’t catch it the first time, or didn’t believe it, Miracle Noodle is calorie-free and will not raise your blood sugar levels at all. And cooking Miracle Noodle takes way less time than conventional pasta. Simply remove, rinse and boil for a couple minutes.
Quitting cold turkey, besides being totally unnecessary thanks to Miracle Noodle, could lead to nasty withdrawal, and eventually, bingeing. But since Miracle Noodle is calorie-free, and as long as you are primarily eating vegetables along with Miracle Noodle, you don’t have to worry about eating seconds, or even thirds!
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Miracle Noodle is now sold in retail outlets throughout the U.S. and even internationally. If you’re a diabetic pasta lover, consider Miracle Noodle’s auto delivery program, where you can select which Miracle Noodle products you want and how often you want them delivered to your front door.