Instant noodles are the favorite food of many people, especially students. They are pretty easy to prepare and keep your belly full, and are dirt cheap as well. They may not exactly be healthy food, but they aren’t considered so bad as well. However, after seeing the video made by Dr. Branden Kuo from the Massachusetts General Hospital, you will definitely think twice before eating them again.
Dr. Kuo used a tiny camera inserted in the stomach of a patient in order to record what happens in the digestive system after eating instant noodles. The results, which you can see in the video below, were shocking. Ramen noodles aren’t broken down in the body for hours after consumption, which may cause numerous serious health problems.
By not breaking down for that long a period, the noodles make your digestive system work too hard, which means less energy for other processes. When food remains in your stomach for too long it affects proper nutrient absorption, although ramen noodles aren’t incredibly nutritious to begin with. They are also full of dangerous chemicals and toxins such as TBHQ and can put your health in grave danger.
Only 5 gr. of these noodles can be fatal!
TBHQ (tertiary-butyl hydroquinone) is a byproduct of petroleum which has artificial antioxidant effects. This dangerous chemical prevents the oxidation of fats and oils in the body and is added to foods in order to extend their shelf-life. This byproduct can be found in chicken nuggets from McDonald’s, peanut butter cups, Taco Bell beans, Wheat Thin crackers and other popular types of junk food. Furthermore, the chemical is found in varnishes, pesticides, cosmetics and lacquers.
Although it’s harmful effects on our health have been confirmed by several studies, TBHQ is still allowed in food in certain limits. The limit currently stands at 0-0.5 mg per kg. of body weight, while the highest levels allowed are 100-400 mg/kg. The American FDA requires that TBHQ doesn’t exceed 0.02% of the oil and fat content in processed food.
However, as studies have shown, consuming 5 gr. of TBHQ is lethal, and even a single gram can cause symptoms such as ringing in the ears, delirium, nausea and suffocation. As instant noodles contain too much of it, it may be best to avoid this highly processed food in. Studies by the Environmental Working Group have linked TBHQ to biochemical changes in the body, liver damage and even cell mutations.
If you still consider ramen noodles safe for consumption, one recent study’s results are sure to change your mind. The study showed that women who eat ramen noodles regularly have a significantly higher risk of metabolic syndrome. Additionally, they also experienced high blood pressure, high blood sugar levels, increased triglycerides and low HDL cholesterol levels, symptoms which are indicative of cardiovascular problems.
Which other harmful ingredients are in ramen noodles?
It’s not just TBHQ you need to worry about – ramen noodles also contain palm oil, flour, salt, sugar, seasoning and monosodium glutamate. Even more shocking, a study from 2012 found Benzopyrene in six popular ramen noodle brands.
If you’re wondering what Benzopyrene is, it’s a well-known carcinogen. The monosodium glutamate (MSG) in ramen noodles is a seriously harmful ingredient which has been related to numerous neurological disorders as well as other health problems.
Switch to whole foods
Instead of eating ramen noodles, you should start consuming a healthy diet rich in whole foods. Processed foods are responsible for weight gain and various diseases and conditions, which is why it’s best to stay away from them.
Preparing healthy meals won’t take as much time as you think, and healthy food isn’t always more expensive than junk food. Eat eggs, fresh fruit and vegetables, organic meat and other whole foods more often in order to keep your health in check. Plan your meals in front, and you’ll be able to prepare the ingredients on time and eat healthier.