I had a "bad" night. Dana Carpender is on my shit-list today! ...Okay, not really -- i just needed a dramatic line. ;-) Sorry, D....
For years i've been using shirataki noodles; i don't really LIKE them, but they're a convenient addition to otherwise-appropriate, favorite old recipes which unfortunately contain pasta. If you handle them right and don't overload the dish, the slight extra chewiness isn't a big problem -- hell, some people's "al dente" pasta has worse texture.
Up to now i've used the "regular" version of shirataki, because i'll always and forever TRY to minimize soy products in my life. In the cookbook "Fat Fast," the authors say that having done the math, the quantity of tofu in the hybrid noodles calculates out to be very small ("like a teaspoon of tofu per serving"). They also praise the improved texture of the product, and its availability in shapes that are more appropriate for certain dishes than are the angelhair-like shirataki noodles i get in my local international-foods stores. In addition, they note a new product which is supposed to be similar to tofu-shirataki but without the soy-- Pasta Zero.
I went searching online for PZ (amazon.com didn't have it), and discovered that it's (theoretically) stocked at a local grocery, so i went searching IRL for it: no soap! So as not to waste my errand, and because i'd been assured by knowledgeable people that tofu-shirataki has very little actual soy in it, i picked up a couple of bags of the fettucine version. We tried one of them last evening in a signature dish of J's, shrimp fra diavolo.
Well, the noodles did the job of "carrying" the spicy tomato mixture to the mouth, and kept the shrimps company on the plate, but they're still recognizably shiratakis. They more closely resembled wheat pasta to-the-eye than do the non-tofu kind, and the fettucine shape works better than angelhair, but that's about it. We concluded that the tofu-shirataki was a better choice for certain dishes for non-gustatory reasons.
I changed my mind at 3:00 this morning, when i was awakened by a hot-flash from hell and a very unhappy belly. I don't know what else it could have been, if not those noodles! Though sleepy, i couldn't doze off again till almost 6. A few systemic enzyme caplets helped my stomach, but i really didn't know what was going on with it -- a "normal" person waking up to a belly like that would probably run for the cookie jar! It still feels funky.
Now, i haven't suffered a hot-flash since i started using progesterone creme, which was before i started my current regimen of pregnenolone tablets. Notably, too, i didn't get the "hypo" symptoms i usually feel when overdoing legumes, which are abnormal chilliness, edema or brain-fog. My symptoms were on the estrogenic page, not the thyroidal.
Since there's another little bag of the noodles in the fridge, i'll conduct another experiment with the tofu-shirataki sometime when i'm feeling particularly great (good baseline) and in an analytical mood. I'm not ready to condemn the product YET ... but i'm definitely suspicious.
FOR THE RECORD: so far, i LOVE my "Fat Fast" cookbook! The recipes i've tried so far have been innovative and intelligently-crafted. We're looking forward to trying a lot more of them.