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Konjac Noodles Salad

Konjac Noodles Salad


Konjac noodles (sometimes called Shirataki noodles) are translucent, thin, long, white, gelatinous noodles made from the root of the Kojac plant that grows in Japan and China, and are common in Asian Cuisine. The noodle contains lots of soluble fibre, called glucomannan and water. In fact, they are about 97% water and 3% soluble fiber (glucomannan). Glucomannan can absorb up to fifty times its weight in water.

Can help you to lose weight…

Because they are extremely low in carbohydrates, calories and fat, it is the perfect option for people who want to lose weight and aid their new year’s resolution. They are very easy to prepare and gluten free.

Konjac noodles are very filling, and their soluble fibre slows down the stomach emptying, so you stay full for a longer time on low calories. The noodles are generally tasteless and absorb the flavours of what they are cooked with.

However, they are “cooling” from a Chinese medicine point of view. Therefore, for people who have “cold stomach” or “weak spleen”  Konjac noodles can make their digestion weaker. For these people to eat Konjac noodles, simply add some minced ginger, which is warming and helps to improve the digestive function by neutralising the coldness.

Miyeok-guk (Korean Seaweed Soup) – Postpartum Recovery

Miyeok-guk (Korean Seaweed Soup) – Postpartum Recovery

This is a traditional Korean seaweed soup recipe used by women for at least one month after childbirth to boost milk supply and detoxify the blood. It is also part of birthday meals.

The iodine and calcium in the seaweed help new mums recover from the birth faster, and soup provides intense nourishment without straining the digestive system.

Miyeok-guk is part of the traditional postpartum rituals in Korea, and is very similar to traditional practices in China, Japan and other parts of Asia which recognise that postpartum mothers need time and care to recover from a very stressful and draining 10 months. In order to nourish and care for their baby properly they should focus on resting and restore their energy through a nutritious diet.