Limp, salty, MSG-ridden Ramen noodles feed the cells nothing of importance, starving the body of nutrition. If you are what you eat, then a Ramen noodle diet would leave you colorless and limp, salty, slimy and putrid.
Believe it or not, some people actually live on a diet of Ramen noodles. These noodles are cheap and easy to make, especially in college dorm rooms. However, they not only contain bad fats, excess salt and junk carbohydrates, but they also contain a chemical that is addictive and dangerous.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is an addictive substance found in Ramen noodles that tells the brain to eat more of the product. MSG is actually toxic to the brain, and causes the hypothalamus to shrivel up. It has also been linked to weight gain, headaches and obesity.
Ramen noodles heighten risk of metabolic syndrome
In a study that investigated the diets of Asian women, researchers compared healthy diets with fast food diets, and found that a diet heavy in instant noodles was associated with increased prevalence of metabolic syndrome in women. This translated to high triglycerides and abdominal obesity. Of the 10,711 adults studied, those who consumed Ramen noodles twice a week were at significantly greater risk of becoming obese in the abdominal region.
Lead researcher Hyun Joon Shin, M.D., a clinical cardiology fellow at Baylor University in Texas, decided to take a closer look. He and his colleagues found that eating instant noodles two or more times a week heightened the likelihood that both men and women, but particularly women, would develop metabolic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, since Ramen noodle intake contributes to cardiometabolic syndrome which triggers these issues.
A typical pack of Ramen noodles contains 14.5 grams of fat, with 6.5 grams being saturated fat. There’s no live food in the package, no probiotics, prebiotic enzymes, amino acids or anything that would help the immune system or promote digestive health. These noodles are preserved by being deep fried in oil and then air dried. Technically, Ramen noodles are fried food, cooked up in some of the unhealthiest oils.
An endocrine disrupting nightmare
To make matters worse, the slimy noodles are contained in a Styrofoam cup. Once the noodles are heated, endocrine-disrupting chemicals like BPA are released from the Styrofoam cup and into the noodle soup.
This stew of endocrine disrupting chemicals, bad fats, brain damaging MSG and lifeless carbohydrates contains no vitamin A, no vitamin C and no calcium. The only mineral in this stew out of the 70 the body needs, is a minuscule 10 percent of the daily recommended intake of iron. Devoid of nutrition, these cups of noodles are loaded with 41 percent of your daily recommended allowance of salt. Eaten day after day, these packets of disease are a quick recipe for swollen joints, arthritis and high blood pressure.