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Guilt-free noodles: Chewy shirataki have no carbs, no fat and no gluten

Chicken and shirataki noodle soup is one way to warm up on a winter’s night. The shirataki noodles are made from a water-soluble fiber that comes from a type of sweet potato. Like tofu, they don’t have much taste on their own. They get their flavor by whatever broth, sauce or strong-flavored ingredients you use with them. They are available in most large supermarkets. (Matthew Mead/The Associated Press)
Chicken and shirataki noodle soup is one way to warm up on a winter’s night. The shirataki noodles are made from a water-soluble fiber that comes from a type of sweet potato. Like tofu, they don’t have much taste on their own. They get their flavor by whatever broth, sauce or strong-flavored ingredients you use with them. They are available in most large supermarkets. (Matthew Mead/The Associated Press)
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The conventional wisdom of cutting carbs and calories generally has meant that pasta is a no-go.

But recently, a new noodle has challenged that thinking, giving dieters a fresh — albeit slightly different — way to have their pasta and their New Year’s resolutions. We’re not talking spaghetti squash, which, while delicious in its own right, has never made a satisfying substitute for the real deal.

It’s so-called shirataki noodles that have attracted the ...

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