I got my Miracle Noodles in the mail today and immediately tried them. And, as I promised I would, here is a review of them from package to mouth (without pictures… because I was too busy stuffing my face to get my phone.)
- Package does not require refrigeration, but does have an expiration date (mine are set to expire in December.)
- Noodles are opalescent and translucent. Packaged in water.
- Upon opening, they gave off a fishy smell (you can’t deter me, noodles, I used to be a sailor…)
- Rinsed noodles for 30-ish seconds in warm running water and the smell was gone.
- While rinsing, there was no degradation or flaking of the noodles from the pressure of the water.
- I nommed a few noodles before mixing with food. They are mostly noodley. They have a texture to them that is slightly different than a pasta or rice noodle. It has a … resistance to it when you bite down. An inkling of a snap-back. Personally, I liked it. A lot.
- Unlike pasta noodles, these will NOT dry off very well on their own. They hold water like nobody’s business and they need to be dried before used for mixing or cooking. A heavy paper towel or a bread towel will work perfect. Don’t worry about putting them in a towel, they are very resilient noodles and won’t fall apart or ruin your towel.
- They are incredibly filling. No. Really. I ate a package because a package looks so small. So very tiny. Itty bitty package. Single serving sized package. WRONG! Ugh. I’m suffering for it now. Calories or no, my tummy is FULL! Oops. I learned. Half a package next time!
I must admit, all-in-all, they are a great purchase for those looking for a food with zero nutritional value.
(Note: the picture above is not mine.)
I know the difference. Ketogenesis leads to Ketosis, as I will explain here.
In Ketogenesis the Liver responds to low glucose levels in the blood. This is a last resort, as the body will search out all of its stores of carbohydrates (such as glycogen.) Once the body depletes its stores of carbohydrates it goes into a state of Ketosis. In extreme cases where certain types of ketones are in excess the pH of the blood can drop, which is called ketoacidosis (and can also result from diabetes and after long term severe binge drinking without adequate carbohydrate intake.)
And the Inuits diet is maintained through something called gluconeogenesis. It’s when you eat meats that are high in fat and your body metabolizes the protein into glucose. It’s possible to be done with fatty meats but not lean meats. You also have to keep in mind that the Inuit people have been living on a completely meat diet (no fruits, vegetables or grains) for centuries (as you yourself pointed out.) They have adapted to metabolize foods differently. The same can be said of many natives from different countries that have extremely different diets. Take a look at the Middle East: as a culture they are lactose intolerant. For centuries they have used goats milk, not cows. So when all that awesome egg nog comes out at Christmas, they are reluctant to partake. The extreme diet of the Inuits is the result of many years of adaptation. They also eat the blubber from whales and fatty fish, which offer up unsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, which are healthy. (When people ask how they have half the heart disease rate compared to Americans, this is why.)
I will never consider this a healthy diet. It’s your body and you deprive it of whatever you like. I am not Inuit. I am not in a region of the world where I do not have access to all the essential nutrients my body needs. I have everything at my fingertips and I will take advantage of all those things. The Inuits survive on nothing but meat because they have to and have adapted to do so. But why anyone with access to natural, organic fruits, nuts, grains, vegetables and beans would deny themselves the long sought after luxury of a well balanced diet is beyond me.
But there is also a matter of balance. Low carb is not the same as no carb. The body can do just fine on a low carb diet because the reality is most American diets are insanely high in carbs, and they are not good carbs. They are crap. Eating a small about of good carbs is normal and fine. The problems comes from completely denying your body. Most of the world hasn’t evolved to live without carbs.
I highly recommend you read up on ketosis. There hasn’t been enough study on it, because it seems to be a new dietary issue, but it is believed to be very bad for your liver. Here is the wiki article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketosis
I’ll let you disagree all you like, but I consider this an unhealthy eating habit, as it denies your body of an important nutrient. Some research has shown that long term no carb diets will actually shut your liver down. The body uses ketones as a back up system in the case of malnutrition, not for a permanent answer.
Low carb could be considered acceptable if you have a sedentary lifestyle, but if you’re remotely active it could cause major problems.