Monday, 25 September 2017

Dragon’s Den Bare Naked Zero Calorie Rice Review

I purchased this pack of Bare Naked low calorie rice quite a while ago. It was an impulse buy and once it was home and packed away in the cupboard, I’ve never felt inclined to eat it.

But, since going back on the 5:2 diet for a couple of days a week, filling up on virtually calorie free, if somewhat tasteless food, suddenly became very tempting.

In the past I’ve tried Zero Noodles and Eat Water low calorie noodles and found them to be virtually identical in taste and texture so I wasn’t expecting anything too different with this brand of rice. However, they weren’t quite the same.

Bare Naked Noodles were created by Ross Mendham, Managing Director of Bare Naked Foods. He had found there was nothing available in the market that would help him maintain his carb-free diet, that was also filling and healthy.



After researching, he found the benefits of the Konjac plant which is low in carbs, sugar and calories so developed his low calorie noodles. This led to an appearance on Dragon’s Den in August 2013, which ultimately secured him the investment of dragon Peter Jones.

Bare Naked also produce Rice, made out of the same ingredients as the noodles. They are virtually calorie free, fat free and carb free. They are also very filling and a fantastic way of cutting calories when on a weight loss diet.

You can use them instead of regular rice or pasta but they’re already cooked. So all you have to do is rinse them in cold water, then heat them or add flavourings or sauces.

Konjac root is made predominantly from water and fibre. To make the noodles or rice, the root is ground into flour, then boiled and shaped to make alternative pasta, noodles or rice.

I was making a fish curry and decided to add the Bare Naked Rice rather than regular rice. Opening the packet reveals another sealed packet inside which contains the ‘rice’ in a liquid. The rice has to be rinsed under cold water than used as required. I had a small taste of the rice on its own and it really had no taste at all. The texture is a bit like eating shellfish, say, prawns or squid. Quite chewy.

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Mixing the rice with leftover sauce in the pan
I’d cooked my tomato fish curry but left some of the sauce behind in the pan. I then tipped the rice into the sauce and mixed it together. I have to say I was really impressed. The rice totally took on the taste of the sauce, which was delicious. I ended up piling most of the rice on my plate and the meal ended up taking ages to chomp through. I was completely full up afterwards.

I’ll definitely be buying this again and think it would work well added to soups to really bulk it up and turn it into a filling meal.

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Bare Naked rice served on the side
Bare Naked Rice has nearly the same ingredients as Zero Noodles and Eat Water Zero Calorie noodles. However, the main difference is the addition of soybean flour and oatmeal flour, which may be why I preferred them to the other low calorie noodles I’ve tried.

The packet contains 1-2 servings and has a net weight of 250g. With 8 calories per 100g, the entire packet has 20 calories!

You can find them in Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Ocado, Waitrose, Holland & Barrett also www.barenakedfoods.co.uk.

Once the packet of rice has been opened, it needs to be kept refrigerated and used within 3 days of opening if not all eaten at once.

Ingredients:
Water; Konjac Flour (3.4%); Firming Agent: Calcium Hydroxide; Soybean Flour (Soya); Oatmeal Flour. May contain traces of nuts and peanuts. Suitable for vegetarians. Gluten Free, no artificial flavours or added preservatives.

Nutrition per 100g:
8 calories, 3.6g fat, 0.1g fat, 0.1g saturated fat, 0.1g carbohydrates, 0.1g sugars., 3.4g fibre, 0.3g protein, 0.02g salt.






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