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Python49 11-05-2010 01:28 PM

Puffy and stringy bowels after eating Shirataki noodles?
The other day I had a bowel movement and noticed that it looked different than I've ever seen in my life. My bowels looked like I basically had not digested the Shirataki noodles I'd eaten and it was still in the noodles/shape form except brown and puffy where it still looked like feces, just not how feces normally looks. I didn't see any blood or any white coloration but was still concerned. Can't seem to find anything online about this. Anyone heard of this?

umebossy 01-06-2011 05:49 AM

Re: Puffy and stringy bowels after eating Shirataki noodles?
hello :D

I wanted to let you know that its a fairly normal reaction. These noodles are VERY high in fiber and its common for that to create bowel movements like this - they dont get digested because of the fiber content.

I live in Japan, and obviously these noodles are Japanese and here they are known as a "stomach broom", literally because they go through your stomach and clear everything out. Japanese women especially eat these noodles very regularly to stay slim or lose weight. And Its easy to see why - with just a few calories and no carbs! Amazing!!!

For next time you eat them - starting with small amounts of this and working your way up will give your body time to adjust to the HUGE amount of fiber.

However just to be on the safe side make sure that ...

1. You rinse the noodles thoroughly first before use. I sit them in a collander and let them sit under the water for a good 2 or 3 minutes.
2. You then boil them for a few minutes before eating.

The fishy water that they are packaged in can sometimes cause tummy upsets, however as I said this sounds pretty normal :D

I LOVE these noodles - such a good alternative to pasta. I hope your negative poop experience doesnt put you off!!!

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