Japanese wheat-based noodles, including the udon we serve at our Japanese restaurant in Bothell, are a low-fat and high-protein source of quick energy. This is because they contain a healthy dose of carbohydrates that are at a moderate glycemic index, which means that they are able to provide you with long-lasting energy with only a moderate impact on your blood sugar.
Udon is also well-known throughout Japan for its easy digestibility. Researchers have determined that the wheat of the noodles break down in your stomach considerably faster than other varieties of noodle, and three times as fast as beef. This is due to the process by which udon is prepared. The kneading of the flour mixes the proteins with the starch molecules to make them more available to the digestive enzymes in your stomach. The dish is therefore favored by people suffering from flu; since the noodle digests so quickly, blood isn’t moved to the stomach as much and is able to provide sustained energy and heat where your body needs it. Try some of this powerhouse noodle for yourself at Sushi Hana!