In Korean, these noodles are called 잡체 (jap-chae). In English, I suppose they would be called glass noodles …? They’re brownish in color and kind of transparent. Also, I’m told they are made from potatoes, so that ain’t good.
But I love these noodles!! I could eat them all day. Unfortunately, if I do that, I will almost certainly die.
I already know that spicy Korean pork has a pretty minimal effect on my blood sugar (because I tested, tested, and tested), so to make this a meal I measured out 200g (a bit less than 1/2 a pound) of spicy pork and 200g of the glass noodles.
Here are the results.
Blood sugar reading before eating: 93
This reading of 93 was after work, so I hadn’t eaten in a long while.
Blood sugar reading after eating: 285
This reading was about an hour after I finished my glass noodles.
Also, OH MY GOD!!!! 285? Are you F-ing kidding me?
Just for the sake of science, and also because I had some more pork in the fridge, I decided to test my blood sugar the next day with just 200g of pork.
The results, as I knew they would be, were very mild. 97 → 116.
So yeah. There are various kinds of Korean food that are great for diabetics, but not this one! Do NOT eat glass noodles if you are diabetic. If you are a Korean with diabetes, 잡체 먹지마요!
UPDATE: I didn’t want to throw away these delicious noodles, so I decided to do another test. This time, I ate just 100g of the noodles.
The results? One hour after eating the noodles … 118 → 148.
That’s weird! 200g of these noodles (along with 200g of spicy pork) sent me from 93 to 285. I was expecting an increase of maybe 80-100 since I ate half the amount of my first test, but my blood sugar only went up by 30. I’ll have to try this again while the noodles are still edible.