All those instant noodles you eat may put you at risk for heart problems. Instant noodles is a popular on-the-go food for college kids and other young adults, as well as for people in certain cultures.
Because it’s convenient, cheap and best served hot, it may increase people’s risk of metabolic changes linked to heart disease and stroke.
What Are Instant Noodles?
Instant noodles are a type of pre-cooked noodle, usually sold in individual packets or cups and bowls.
Typical ingredients in the noodles include flour, salt and palm oil. The flavoring packets generally contain salt, seasoning and monosodium glutamate (MSG).
After the noodles have been made in the factory, they are steamed, dried and packaged.
Each package contains a block of dried noodles as well as a packet of flavoring and/or oil for seasoning. Buyers cook or soak the block of noodles in hot water with the flavoring before eating it.
Popular brands of instant noodles include:
- Top Ramen
- Cup Noodles
- Mr. Noodles
- Sapporo Ichiban
- Kabuto Noodles
SUMMARY: Instant noodles are pre-cooked noodles that have been steamed and dried. They’re usually soaked in hot water before they’re eaten.
SO WHAT’S SO BAD ABOUT INSTANT NOODLES?
Instant noodles are high in fat, high in salt, high in calories, and they’re processed — all those factors could contribute to some of the health problems.
Women who ate instant noodles twice a week or more had a higher risk of metabolic syndrome, according to studies.
Researchers guessed that biological differences between the genders might account for the lack of an apparent association in men between eating noodles and developing metabolic syndrome.
People with metabolic syndrome may have high blood pressure or high blood sugar levels, and they face an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
Instant noodle is a highly processed food that lacks nutritive value. It is a junk food. Every single serving of instant noodle is high in carbohydrates, sodium and other food additives, but low on essential elements such as fibre, vitamins and minerals.
The use of sodium additives is the main reason why instant noodles are high in sodium. High-sodium foods can cause hypertension, heart disease, stroke, kidney damage and other health problems.
Some of the chemicals found in instant noodles are also capable of causing cancer. For example, dioxin and plasticisers leached from the containers in the presence of hot water. As hot water is added harmful substances could seep into the soup.
Instant noodles are also coated with wax to prevent the noodles from sticking together. This can be seen when hot water is added to the noodles. After some time the wax can be seen floating in the water.
People that enjoy eating noodles are the ones that will never accept the fact that these noodles are very bad for the health.
Furthermore, researchers recorded a footage using a pill camera, if what happens to your body when instant noodles enter your system.
It shows that noodles itself take so much longer to digest to our intestine than healthy foods. Which means less absorbed nutrients for our body.
For example one serving of beef-flavored ramen noodles contains these nutrients:
- Calories: 188
- Carbs: 27 grams
- Total fat: 7 grams
- Saturated fat: 3 grams
- Protein: 4 grams
- Fiber: 0.9 grams
- Sodium: 861 mg
- Thiamine: 43% of the RDI
- Folate: 12% of the RDI
- Manganese: 11% of the RDI
- Iron: 10% of the RDI
- Niacin: 9% of the RDI
- Riboflavin: 7% of the RDI
Keep in mind that one package of ramen contains two servings, so if you’re eating the entire package in one sitting, the amounts above would be doubled.
It’s also worth noting that there are some special varieties available that are marketed as healthier options. These may be made using whole grains or have lower amounts of sodium or fat.