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Old 04-25-2008, 11:30 AM   #1
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Heard of.....or tried....this? Seaweed noodles (Sodium Alginate)

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What's your experience with these "seaweed extract" noodles? The only two ingredients are water and sodium alginate. I've Googled sodium alginate and have discovered that it is a fairly common food additive....used to thicken foods without adding much caloric load. The nutrition label doesn't mention this aspect....rather, it just says proudly...."seaweed noodles"!!

10 calories per 50 grams....comes in a 300 gram bag. Looks like it's 100% fiber (all soluble).

I suppose they are along the same lines as Konjac (Shirataki) noodles...but just wanted a second "Cross Fit Certified" opinion.

Whadda' ya' think? And how would you account for the calories within the context of blocks?


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Old 04-25-2008, 04:56 PM   #2
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Re: Heard of.....or tried....this? Seaweed noodles (Sodium Alginate)

Good stuff, if you like noodle dishes and want to keep your carbs under control Zone-style.

Heck of a lot more nutritious than pasta...
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Old 04-26-2008, 02:05 AM   #3
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Re: Heard of.....or tried....this? Seaweed noodles (Sodium Alginate)

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Good stuff, if you like noodle dishes and want to keep your carbs under control Zone-style.

Heck of a lot more nutritious than pasta...
Thank you, Dr. G.!!

Just so I don't confuse myself, were your comments referring to the sodium alginate noodles, the Konjac noodles, or both?

And should I exclude the carb / calorie count from the noodles when calculating my total carb load for the day?


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Old 04-26-2008, 03:40 PM   #4
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Re: Heard of.....or tried....this? Seaweed noodles (Sodium Alginate)

I was referring to the kelp (sodium alginate) noodles, I personally have not tried the Konjac noodles. Honestly, since I don't do tomatoes (nightshade), there's not much need for noodles around my house!

Count the "active" carbs like you would any other carb block. Or to answer your question more directly, unless the carbs in question are fiber, no you would not exclude them from your carb/calorie count for the day. It may not count for much, but it does count for something.
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Old 04-26-2008, 06:48 PM   #5
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Re: Heard of.....or tried....this? Seaweed noodles (Sodium Alginate)

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I was referring to the kelp (sodium alginate) noodles, I personally have not tried the Konjac noodles. Honestly, since I don't do tomatoes (nightshade), there's not much need for noodles around my house!

Count the "active" carbs like you would any other carb block. Or to answer your question more directly, unless the carbs in question are fiber, no you would not exclude them from your carb/calorie count for the day. It may not count for much, but it does count for something.
I find it funny that shirataki is subbed for pasta in the U.S.
I grew up eating it as a component in sukiyaki or other hot pot stews.
Jello made with konjac was really popular for a while in Japan, until kids and old people forgot to chew and choked on them.
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I was referring to the kelp (sodium alginate) noodles, I personally have not tried the Konjac noodles. Honestly, since I don't do tomatoes (nightshade), there's not much need for noodles around my house!

Count the "active" carbs like you would any other carb block. Or to answer your question more directly, unless the carbs in question are fiber, no you would not exclude them from your carb/calorie count for the day. It may not count for much, but it does count for something.
Hey...thank you again, Dr. G! You've been a great kelp...er, ummm....help!!

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