Preparing instant noodles takes a minute or two, making it the best choice for parents and workers to make something tasty and quick. Many people do not realize that these cheap noodles that we eat on regular basis, at the office or even shared with our children in the comfort of our home, are dangerous to our health.
The highest consumers of instant noodles in the world are countries like Japan, China and Indonesia, according to an estimation published in 2015. The cheap price and taking no time or effort are the main attractions of instant noodles.
There is a common belief that the nutritional value of instant noodles can be enhanced by adding vegetables, nevertheless veggies or fruits cannot counter the negative effects of any unhealthy food. The list of problems caused by instant noodles includes:
• They do not digest quickly enough, putting a strain on the digestive system. It can also interfere with insulin release and blood sugar levels, if digested too quickly. As a result of slow digestion, it is kept in the body for so long, leading preservatives and toxic chemicals to be retained in the body such as TBHQ and BHA, both are in fact carcinogenic.
• There is a significantly greater risk of metabolic syndrome, which is a group of symptoms such as elevated blood pressure, central obesity, lower levels of HDL cholesterol that causes increased chances of heart disease, diabetes or a stroke.
• They are rich in salt, which can lead to high blood pressure and in turn heart disease. A study in 2014 revealed that high dietary sodium consumption is considered a major factor in high death rates.
• They contain MSG (Monosodium Glutamate) usually found in takeaways and it is a flavor enhancer popular in Japanese, Korean and Chinese cuisines. High consumption of MSG over a prolonged time leads to an excess weight gain.