Who doesn’t love instant noodles? It seems that it can be considered as everyone’s favorite mainly because it is easy to prepare and tastes great especially when added with the right toppings.
Kids and most students in college love to gobble on this noodle treats. It’s practically convenient especially to parents who work full time and doesn’t have spare time to cook dishes.
During times of sickness like cold and flu, a hot bowl of chicken soup can do wonders but instant noodles also became popular as an alternative.
Another thing about instant noodles is they are budget friendly. This means more reason to stock up your kitchen cabinets with these delectable quick fix for hunger. This is considered perfect to almost everybody that doesn’t want to be bothered with cooking.
Instant noodles are one of the highly consumed go-to food in almost any part of the world. The main reason is because they are cheap and common that’s why people never forget to buy 4 to 5 packs of it while grocery shopping.
According to a 2015 estimation conducted by the World Instant Noodles Association, the highest consumers of instant noodles are people from Indonesia, Japan, and China.
People see instant noodle as unhealthy but they are not really that harmful either.
However, it is far worse in reality.
When it comes to nutritional value, it is close to zero or maybe nothing at all. Considering its aspect of production, from the basic compounds to the processing stages of preserving, instant noodles amass major health risks to anyone who consumes it.
In contrary to popular belief, garnishing your instant noodles can enhance its nutritional value, but truth be told, it can’t even overcome the negative effects of it to our health. It means, overall, it’s bad for you.
Listed below some reasons why instant noodles are dangerous to your health.
1. It Contains Harmful Preservatives
The main preservative used in instant noodles to prolong shelf-life and prevent rancidness are t-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ) and Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA). It practically doubles or triples instant noodles’ shelf-life.
BHA was included in The European Mission’s list of chemicals with possible endocrine-disrupting effects. It is known that our endocrine system is responsible for regulating and production of hormones and a disruption in this system will likely cause several adverse immune, neurological, reproductive, and developmental effects.
2. It is not Digested Easily
It seems nothing to be afraid of, but in truth, it is more harmful than it sounds.
Studies conducted by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital includes using a tiny camera to observe the effects of instant noodles in the digestive system for 32 hours.
In the video, it reveals that the stomach is working hard by contracting back and forth to break down the noodles but it remained undigested for a long time that caused severe strain on the digestive tract.
To make matters worse, delayed digestion makes the noodles stay for a while in your digestive system making you more exposed to TBA and BHA, which is proven to be carcinogens (causes cancer).
3. It Increases the Risk of Heart Disease
A group of symptoms that heighten a person’s chances of having heart ailments that lead to cardiac arrest or diabetes is called Metabolic Syndrome.
High cholesterol, blood sugar levels, blood pressure, triglyceride level and increased abdominal fat are considered as Metabolic Syndrome.
These symptoms include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglyceride level, high blood sugar and increased abdominal fat.
A step in the production of Instant Noodles is through deep-frying that makes the noodles more saturated with excess fat from the oil which makes it a great risk factor for heart disease.
4. High in Saturated Fats
Saturated fats are overall harmful to our health. It is the reason why our Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL – also known as Bad Cholesterol) rises to a level that makes us in danger of having heart diseases.
It is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) that we avoid dietary saturated fats.
The amount of saturated fats contained in Instant Noodles vary depending on how they are manufactured so be sure to always check the nutrition label of your favorite brand to assess how much saturated fat it contains. As for me, it’s better to stay away from instant noodles.
5. High in Salt (Sodium)
Salt is considered to be the ultimate taste enhancer. In small amounts, it can totally make any dish flavorful. However, excessive sodium is a major health risk.
Death rates in 23 case studies and 274,683 random control trials conducted and published by the American Journal of Hypertension recognized that high dietary sodium consumption is the main culprit.
Instant noodles contain high amounts of salt, therefore, also contains a high amount of sodium.
High sodium consumption leads to hypertension and other heart-related diseases.