Yes, it is one of the most affordable food on grocery store shelves. And, really, it’s cheap for a reason. Ramen Noodles are really not good for the body, and a new study in the Journal of Nutrition explains why in detail.
The researchers conducted a study in South Korea, where consumption of instant noodles is the highest in the world, with more than 10,700 people ranging in age from 19 to 64. The results? “Women who consume instant noodles frequently were found to be more likely to have metabolic syndrome — the group of risk factors, including obesity and high blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood sugar, that increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes.”
The harmful effects were predominantly found in women and not men. Part of the study reads, “Women — though not men — who ate instant noodles at least twice a week showed a 68 percent higher risk of metabolic syndrome,” which is a syndrome that can increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
WHOA! It looks like all the simple carb noodles that turn to sugar in the body, and sodium-laden flavor packets are a really bad combination. Well, maybe not entirely.
The high sodium content in instant noodle products is obvious, but the main culprit is the noodles themselves. In another study by Dr. Braden Kuo, director of the gastrointestinal motility laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard University, the doctor found unsettling results after testing digestion of the noodles. He used a tiny camera to study the breakdown of instant ramen noodles in the stomach and found out just how difficult it is for your body to digest the preservative-filled noodles.
Yuck. Just the thought of all those preservatives.
For people who are hopelessly hooked, there are alternatives, mostly involving fresh noodles that have no preservatives, and limiting Ramen meals to once or twice a month rather than a daily habit.