Sunday, April 15, 2012

Who's on the weight loss roller coaster?

I discovered a new food that you might want to have a closer look at. I've been packing this on the shelves at work for a few months now & curiosity got the better of me. I consider myself to be pretty savvy in the label reading department and this one ticked all the boxes for me.

So I cheekily asked one of the reps at the PR company if I could try it & review it. Nothing ventured, nothing gained hey?!

Spaghetti SlimPasta is low calorie (17.7 cal per serve), low gluten (5.2mg per serve), dairy free, egg free, low carb (2.1g per serve), fat free, sugar free & high in fibre.

Angel Hair SlimPasta is low calorie (8 cal per serve), gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, egg free, low carb (0.6g per serve), soy free, fat free, low sugar & high in fibre.

Sounds too good to be true, doesn't it!

 What's the secret? IT'S NOT PASTA!!!!!

It's made from a root vegetable called Konjac, which apparently the Asians have been eating for over 1000 years. Seems they caught on early.

From the website, here are the medical & health benefits of konjac:

  • Reduces the rapid rise in blood sugar after a meal
  • Obesity Prevention
  • Reduce the absorption of cholesterol
  • Treatment for constipation
  • Promote the excretion of toxic substances / Detox

  • A few nights ago I had the spaghetti pasta with a creamy mushroom sauce (well, I figured there was nothing naughty in the pasta so I could have free rein with the sauce, plus I don't like tomatoes) & it was SO easy. No boiling pasta on the stove, oh no, with these babies you just rinse them under running water to wash away the liquid they are stored in, then leave them in hot water for 1 minute before draining & adding to your sauce, stir fry, soup, salad or whatever you are having with them.

    Friday night I dished up the Angel Hair (same preparation - rinse, then stand them in hot water) in a garlic, ginger & soy sauce vegetable stir fry. I didn't tell my family & nobody commented that it tasted any different. Tick another box girlfriend!

    I loved it & I felt full for ages afterwards - there's another box to be ticked right there.

    They taste like nothing (not surprising when you consider there is nothing in them!). They have no taste of their own but simply take on the flavour of what you are having with them (kind of like tofu does). I did feel the spaghetti had a slightly rubbery texture, but to be honest I was expecting the standard pasta texture. Remember, it's not pasta, it's vegetable.

    I guess the big question is would I buy them? I admit the reason I haven't bought them in the past is the price. From memory they are $3.69 for a 2 serve packet at Kiama Woollies where I work. BUT, given that we don't eat pasta very often any more (in an effort to reduce the carbs), I will definitely be buying them in the future. The younger two kids won't eat vegie noodle stir fry anyway & our 2 serve pack of Angel Hair made 3 adult side serves of it. So dietary wise, I think it's worth the cost.

    Go & check out the website for some interesting reading. Come back & tell me what you think. Have you tried them or do you think you will?

    Karen xx


    Anonymous said...

    I totally agree with you about everything, from taste, convenience, ease of use, price and future use.

    Anonymous said...

    its a noodle. can buy these in asian groceries. chinese discovered this 1000 yrs ago

    rambling mum said...

    thanks to both of you for reading & taking the time to comment - I am so excited, that doesn't happen very often! I think I'll check out the asian grocer in wollongong & see if they have them any cheaper.

    Angela said...

    oh i must be missing something. i bought them once and will never buy them again. they smell weird for a start. sorry

    rambling mum said...

    no apology needed Angela - everyone is entitled to their own opinion - not everyone is going to like these. how boring would life be if we all had the same tastes! thanks for commenting too!