Is Konjac Plant Bulletproof?

Shiratake noodles are made from the root of the konjac plant. The noodles, which also contain some potato starch, have *very* few carbs.  I'm wondering how they rate on the bulletproof scale.



  • googlealchemistgooglealchemist Alchemist
    edited April 2016

    Actually popped in here to search on something similar and found an existing, older thread


    The ones I was looking at, fam member sent me a link... the ingredients are listed as 


    The three ingredients of our shirataki noodles are Glucomannan, which is soluble fiber extracted from the root of aJapanese plant called a Konnyaku Imo, water and a calcium additive. This calcium additive is added to the noodles tokeep their shape intact. This is a food grade calcium additive known as pickling lime or calcium hydroxide.
    The noodles contain no soy, tofu, gluten/casein, legume or gluten.


    I'm wondering if there is any phytic acid or other anti-nutes...which was brought up as a question in another thread I found on here referencing the plant. I couldn't find a label for the product so I'm not sure how much calcium is in there, but I'm not keen on ingesting any.


    Quick skim thru wiki, butyric acid is good. It did list some strange deaths/near deaths from a candy made with the stuff, something about how they didn't dissolve as normal candy does and got caught in the throats of kids etc.


    Konjac supplementation at modest levels has been shown to promote increased butyric acid through improved bowel flora ecology and increase bowel movements in constipated adults


    Just found an article on the body ecology site recommending them


    Is eating 'empty cals' something we would normally think about on an otherwise 'high cal/nute' bproof diet? No, but it would be nice perhaps for protein fasting days, or days when we want to fast in general for whatever reason at least.

  • dazdaz today is a good day ✭✭✭
    edited April 2016
    The near/deaths probably relate to the candy swelling in the throat.

    related: I have read that glucomannan powder swells ~20-times in liquid.

    so i've seen warnings like; avoid if person has difficulty swallowing or staying hydrated or drinking enough water

    fake it till you make it

  • zero33zero33 Thinks plants have feelings.
    edited April 2016

    Asprey and many others recommend glucomannan as part of a mold/mycotoxin detox protocol, so it seems that shirataki noodles would pass as "bulletproof".


    shirataki dough or whatever you call it is really easy to make and can be shaped into noodles, cubes, or whatever. i will sometimes use a small cookie cutter to make "scallops"... good for protein fast days. i'll post a recipe later when i have time.



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