We all know that instant noodles are extremely popular all around the world! And, now you probably ask yourself – why? Well, ladies and gentlemen, that’s easy to answer – because instant noodles are a fast and cheap way to satisfy a hunger craving. I really think that it’s kind of obvious that these noodles are not what is considered a ‘healthy’ food, but the reality of how unhealthy they are might come as a shock. Yes, just take a look at the article below and find out more about this.
Here’s what you need to know – a recent experiment, conducted by the famous Dr. Braden Kuo of Massachusetts General Hospital, has revealed how bad this snack is for you.Dr. Braden used a pill sized camera to look what happens in the stomach after eating ramen noodles. And, we’ll tell you the truth – he was shocked at the results. The video shows that even after two hours after consumption, the noodles were still intact in the stomach, homemade noodles were used as a comparison which broke down much quicker. The experts say that this is terrifying for several reasons – this type of food,which doesn’t break down properly, puts a great strain on your digestive system, making it work harder results in indigestion and other gastric problems.
It Contains Harmful Toxins
Yes, instant noodles are loaded with harmful toxins! As we mentioned before, food that “sits” in the digestive tract has a negative on nutrient absorption, and there isn’t much nutrition in ramen to begin with. Instant noodles are loaded with different harmful additives, including the toxic preservative tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), and we don’t know what extended exposure to this can be doing to your health, but chances are it’s not good.
According to the experts, TBHQ is a byproduct of the petroleum industry, and it’s often listed as an “antioxidant,” but in reality it is a synthetic chemical with antioxidant properties (not a natural antioxidant). TBHQ or tertiary-butyl hydroquinone, prevents oxidation of fats and oils, which gives products a longer shelf life. And, I really think that you’ll be shocked when we tell you that tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ) is also found in varnishes, lacquers, and pesticide products, as well as cosmetics and perfumes to reduce the evaporation rate and improve stability.
Unfortunately, the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (at its 19th and 21st meetings) determined that TBHQ was safe for human consumption at levels of 0-0.5 mg/kg of body weight.
But, you should also know that the Codex commission set the maximum allowable limits up to between 100 to as much as 400 mg/kg, all depending on the food it’s added to creating a discrepancy as to what level is considered ‘safe’ reducing exposure to it would be best though, as exposure to five grams can be lethal and, A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives, says that exposure to just one gram of TBHQ can cause:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Sense of suffocation
Ladies and gentlemen, this substance is also known to bio-accumulate, meaning that the more you take in, the most it builds up. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), based on animal studies health hazards associated with TBHQ include:
- Liver effects at very low doses
- Positive mutation results from in vitro tests on mammalian cells
- Biochemical changes at very low doses
- Reproductive effects at high doses
- Links to Metabolic Syndrome
Here’s what you need to know – a recent study, published in the Journal of Nutrition,has discovered that women who ate instant noodles more than twice a week were 68 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome, symptoms of which include central obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting blood sugar, elevated fasting triglycerides, and low levels of HDL cholesterol. And, at least 3 of these symptoms increases your risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease. And, I really think that you’ll be shocked when we tell you that instant-noodle consumers also had a significantly lower intake of important nutrients like protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, vitamin A, niacin, and vitamin C compared with non-consumers.People who ate instant noodles also had an excessive intake of energy, unhealthy fats and sodium (just one package may contain 2,700 milligrams of sodium).
Other Harmful Additives
Instant noodles are loaded with other harmful additives as well. Besides the very high sodium count and the preservative TBHQ, there are many other harmful additives in a packet of instant noodles.
According to the latest report, provided by Prevent Disease:
“The dried noodle block was originally created by flash frying cooked noodles, and this is still the main method used in Asian countries, though air-dried noodle blocks are favored in Western countries. The main ingredients of the dried noodle are wheat flour, palm oil, and salt. Common ingredients of the flavoring powder are salt, monosodium glutamate, seasoning, and sugar.In June 2012, the Korea Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) found Benzopyrene (a cancer-causing substance) in six brands of noodles made by Nong Shim Company Ltd. Although the KFDA said the amounts were minuscule and not harmful, Nong Shim did identify particular batches of noodles with a problem, prompting a recall by October 2012.”
Do you know what’s MSG? Well, according to the experts, MSG is an excitotoxin, meaning it overexcites your nerve cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain dysfunction and damage to varying degrees. It has even been linked to the triggering or worsening learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease, and more.
Ladies and gentlemen, don’t get us wrong – the occasional pack of noodles won’t kill you! But, we’re trying to say that it would be best to avoid them altogether. You’ll feel much better. We really hope you find this article helpful and don’t forget to share it with your friends and family. Thank you and have a good one.