If you are looking for a water soluble source of fiber, you may want to look into trying shirataki noodles. These noodles are low in carbohydrates, low in calories, thin, translucent, and gelatinous just as most Japanese noodles are but these are made from the Konjac plant. It is composed of Glucomannan. The name Shirataki itself comes from the Japanese word meaning “White Waterfall” which is a good representation of these noodles.
Shirataki noodles can be found in most grocery stores and foreign food supplying stores. They come wet in pre-packaged liquid, or dry and last for about a year unopened. In the United States, there are two different types of Shirataki noodles usually sold. The traditional noodles have no gluten, no calories, and no net carbohydrates, which make them perfect for low carb diets. The tofu based noodles however, are becoming increasingly more popular because they have much more flavor and are still quite healthy. There are very few carbs in the tofu based noodles, and they are, even so, an excellent source of dietary fiber.
If you are interested in changing your diet by decreasing your carbohydrate intake, you should consider eating these noodles more often. Tofu Shirataki noodles are usually very cheap and are easy to find. Millions eat and buy tofu Shirataki noodles each day. The Japanese culture enjoys these noodles as part of a healthy diet. This is especially common in the Kansai region where they cut the Konnyaku jelly into small threads. In the Kanto region, these noodles are prepared by pouring the Konnyaku into holes and then into the hot water containing a lime concentration. Shirataki noodles sold with the tofu are considerably cheaper than buying the tofu and the noodles individually. Deals like this are very common and easy to find in most grocery stores.
Vegans and vegetarians who need to be relieved from a cold or flu will feel much better after having a nice warm bowl of Vegetarian Chicken Noodle Soup. With some tofu and noodles, you can have a nice delicious low carbohydrate healthy meal any time.