House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodles Angel Hair Shaped Noodle Substitute - 8 oz. (226g)
House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodles Angel Hair are traditional Japanese noodles made from the konjac plant. Largely composed of water and glucomannan, a water-soluble dietary fiber, they have little flavor of their own. House Foods Tofu Shirataki Noodles Angel Hair is a great pasta alternative made from blending the root of the Konnyaku - a member of the yam family and tofu. The word "shirataki" means "white waterfall", describing the appearance of these noodles. It is a healthy, uniquely textured noodle - that pleases people of all ages! These Angel Hair shaped tofu and yam infused shirataki noodles are a healthy low-calorie, low-carb, gluten-free, and vegan alternative to regular pasta noodles. Since these shirataki noodles are made of tofu and yam flour, they will allow you to get your pasta fix without packing on the pounds. Tofu Shirataki noodles absorb whatever flavor you add to them, so don't be shy with the sauce. Tofu Shirataki noodles will help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight!
Tofu's main ingredient is the soybean. HOUSE FOODS uses only non-genetically engineered, soybeans grown in the United States. Because of its main components of soy protein and anti-oxidants known as isoflavones, soy, and ultimately Tofu, is a great source of healthy energy. Both of these high-quality, nutrient-dense compounds add greatly to a nutritious diet.
These attributes, along with the ability to combine Tofu with many partners (including vegetables, fruit, nuts, meat, sauces, and spices), allow the resulting "super food" to be economical, appetizing, and one of the most important elements in today's new trend of super nutrition. Not only is versatile Tofu celebrated in the vegetarian world, but it is now rapidly becoming a staple to the rest of the population.
Benefits Of Tofu
Because of its soybean constituency, Tofu is a SUPER FOOD! As such, our Tofu products contain a high concentration of essential nutrients that can attribute to a healthy lifestyle.
Tofu's most important nutrient is soy protein. Soy protein is the only plant-based protein that has all of the eight essential amino acids, thus making it a "Complete Protein." HOUSE FOODS Premium Tofu and HOUSE FOODS Organic Tofu are high in protein and low in calories, sodium, and carbohydrates, while containing no cholesterol and trans fat. Also, these products are gluten- and lactose-free.
Adding to Tofu's list of important nutrients are calcium, iron, minerals, polyunsaturated fatty acid, and isoflavone, a type of phytoestrogen derived from plants. In addition, most of HOUSE FOODS' products are Kosher certified.
Below are five of the many health benefits of soy:
The FDA states that consuming 25 grams of soy protein a day as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce your risk of heart disease.
Animal proteins are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. Replace these unhealthy proteins with healthy soy protein. Because soy protein has a high content of polyunsaturated fatty acid, fiber, minerals, and low saturated fat content, this replacement may reduce the risk of heart disease.
Soy has been shown to give women who are going through menopause a much needed break! According to several studies, isoflavone in soy can reduce the frequency of hot flashes and their severity. Also, the high amounts of iron found in soy protein are especially important for women of child-bearing age.
Soy can help prevent osteoporosis by building healthy bones, and may also increase the density and quality of bones in menopausal women. In addition to calcium, soy also contains magnesium, which is especially important for athletes.
When incorporated into a lifestyle that has a well-balanced diet and routine exercise, soy has the ability to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Soy foods, such as Tofu, can replace foods in your diet that are high in calories and saturated fat, which can contribute to weight gain. To reduce your daily caloric intake, try tips found on our "Cooking Tips" page on how to use Tofu as a substitute for fatty, unhealthy foods!
Another benefit of Tofu in a weight-loss plan is the feeling of fullness it provides. This satiety prevents over-eating. Turn to foods with soy when you need a quick snack.
Diabetes is all too common these days and soy foods can play an important role in keeping it under control. Soy protein, with the potential of decreasing harmful effects of kidney disease, which can occasionally result from diabetes, can help manage diabetes. Normalizing blood sugar levels is another feature of soy foods, since they have a low glycemic index.
Tofu is the perfect example of the "old being new" again - and now, better than ever. Tofu production is an ancient technique. Tofu was first made in China over 2000 years ago by individual families. Only within the past century has Tofu been made in modern factories. At HOUSE FOODS, we are proud that our state-of-the-art factories on both the East and West Coasts are able to manufacture Tofu in a combination of traditional and modern methods. Not only are all our Tofu products refrigerated to maintain our superior freshness, we use a special type of pasteurization in order for the Tofu to maintain this quality of freshness and purity.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I cook Tofu?
There are many different ways to cook Tofu. The easiest way is to cut the Tofu into cubes and add it to your favorite soup. Also, you can add Tofu to your favorite stir-fried meals.
How do I marinate Tofu?
Unlike meat, which is usually tenderized by being marinated, Tofu starts out tender. However, marinating Tofu is a great way to give it flavor. First, cube or slice the Tofu to create more surface area for the marinade to soak in. The length of marinating time will depend on your taste and choice of marinade. For example, many sauces, such as soy sauce, can be absorbed within 15 to 30 minutes. Heating the marinade before pouring it over the Tofu is a trick to speed up marinating time. Firm and Extra Firm Tofu soak up a marinade the best. Be sure to store your Tofu in the refrigerator while it is marinating.
Is it safe and healthy to eat Tofu straight from the container?
Yes. House Premium Tofu is pasteurized during the manufacturing process and is both safe and healthy to eat straight from the container. Additional heating is not necessary for proper digestion or absorption of nutrients.
I have noticed Tofu comes in several forms - how do I know which firmness to select?
This is a very common question and the answer deserves repeating: House Premium Tofu comes in five levels of firmness depending on its water content. Soft Tofu is great for dips, salad dressings, sauces, shakes, and cheesecake. Medium Firm Tofu works well in casseroles, soups, salads, or when you are in doubt of the firmness you need. Use Firm and Extra Firm Tofu for crumbling, stir-frying, and deep-frying.
How long can I keep the Tofu once it is opened?
If the Tofu is within the code date, it will last approximately 2 to 3 days in the refrigerator. However, the Tofu must be kept in an air tight container. Water should be added to the container in order for the Tofu to keep its moisture.
How should I store unused Tofu?
Keep the unused portion of Tofu in an airtight container. In order to keep it moist, it is strongly recommended that you keep the Tofu in water. Once the Tofu is opened, we suggest that it be consumed within 2 to 3 days. Our Tofu is pasteurized, somewhat like milk, so it might last shorter or longer depending on the condition and the code date of the Tofu.
Can I put Tofu in the freezer?
Tofu needs to be kept in the refrigerator in order to maintain its quality. However, if you would like the Tofu to adopt a chewy, meat-like texture, freezing is an option. Do not be surprised if the Tofu comes out of the freezer with a completely different texture! To use frozen Tofu, simply let it defrost and squeeze out any excess liquid. It is now ready to soak in a marinade or use as is. It makes a great substitute for meat in this form!
Why is House Premium Tofu packed in water?
Tofu packed in water is freshly-made Tofu because the water helps it maintain its bulk and form. Tofu sold this way has a fresher taste and better consistency than Tofu that has been packed without water in aseptic packaging.
The water of the Tofu I bought is a little yellowish. Is it all right to eat?
Tofu is made from soymilk. As time goes by, the coagulated soymilk dissolves into the water. This is why sometimes the water looks yellowish.
The House Premium Tofu that I bought has expired, can I eat it?
No. Just as you cannot drink expired milk for the sake of your health, you cannot consume expired Tofu. We do not assure the freshness of expired products.
The Tofu I bought was spongy. Is it all right to eat?
The texture of Tofu will take on a chewier, meat-like texture once it has been frozen. If the Tofu you purchased was spongy, it was most likely frozen at some point. We recommend that you ask the store to exchange the Tofu.
The Tofu I bought was sour. Is it all right to eat it?
No. Sour Tofu is an indication of a high level of microbes, just like milk. If the Tofu has not been refrigerated at the right temperature, it will spoil before the code date. Ask the store where you purchased the product for an exchange.
Are you using genetically engineered soybeans?
No. All of the soybeans used at our company have been cultivated through traditional breeding methods and have not been genetically engineered using recombinant DNA technology.
I'm convinced Tofu belongs in my diet, but how do I convince my kids?
Start by gradually adding small amounts of Tofu to their favorite dishes, and/or camouflage Tofu by blending it into a smoothie, pudding or soup to make a creamed soup.
I've been told to watch my cholesterol and fat intake; does Tofu fit into my diet?
Tofu is an excellent plant-based protein source with virtually no cholesterol and less than one gram of fat per ounce. Not all fats are created equal. The majority of fat in Tofu is unsaturated, which is considered a "good fat" that does not harm blood vessels. Unlike the good fat in Tofu, animal protein contains cholesterol and a higher level of unhealthy saturated fat.
What are Calcium Sulfate and Glucono Delta Lactone listed on House Premium Tofu labels? Are these substances used as preservatives?
They are both coagulants and are not preservatives. Since Tofu is made from soymilk, it must be coagulated by using Calcium Sulfate and Gulcono Delta Lactone. Gulcono Delta Lactone is a coagulant made from corn syrup. House Premium Tofu is pasteurized by a unique double-cool pasteurizing method and does not contain any preservatives.
What is Nigari?
Nigari is a coagulant made from sea water extract. The main ingredient of Nigari is Magnesium Chloride.
I heard that Tofu contains a lot of Isoflavones. What is an Isoflavone?
Isoflavones, found in high concentrations in soybeans, are compounds that have been known to help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and breast cancer, as well as osteoporosis and post-menopausal symptoms.