If you ask people which is their favorite go-to food, their answer probably would be Chicken noodles because:
- they are convenient, quick and easy to prepare
- they are an amazing home remedy for treating colds during flu season
- they offer variety of distinctive flavors
- they are perfect midnight snack
- kids often chose Instant noodles for their lunch
- regular go-to-food, especially for college student who are short of money
They gained such popularity so that, almost every family buy at least 4 or 5 packs of instant noodles during grocery shopping and the main reason for that is their cheapness.
Chinese noodles are mostly consumed by Chinese, Indonesian and Japanese people, according to a 2015 estimation published by the World Instant Noodles Association.
Actually, Instant noodles posing danger to your health and if you are among this people who still considered these noodles as a healthy meal then you should definitely read this article.
Contain harmful preservatives
A 2006 study published in the Journal of the American Oil Chemist’s Society, reveals that the most common preservatives added to instant noodles, Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and tbutylhydroquinone (TBHQ) prevent rancidness, extend their shelf life which makes them usable for longer period.
According to a 2005 study published in Drug Metabolism, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims that short-term consumption of TBHQ is not as harmful as long-term exposure to this preservative since it increases the risk of cancer diseases.According the European mission, BHA belongs in the group of endocrine disrupting chemicals which hinder the endocrine system function and thus produce adverse developmental, neurological, reproductive and immune effects in human.
Don’t digest easily
Noodles can remain for a long period in your body which makes them hard to digest.
Massachusetts General Hospital researchers used a minuscule camera to find out what happens in your stomach after instant noodles consumption. The video showed that the stomach works hard to digest the noodles because they retain in your digestive tract for long period. Thus, you are being exposed on toxic chemical like TBHQ and BHA, which have proven to have carcinogenic effects.
Long-term exposure to TBHQ is highly associated with diseases such as asthma, anxiety and diarrhea and liver diseases.
Increase the risk of heart disease
“Metabolic syndrome“is a group of factors that increased the risk of heart diseases and other health conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high triglyceride level, high blood sugar and increased abdominal fat.
A 2014 research published in the Journal of Nutrition showed that women who consume noodles 2 or 3 times a week are likely to have widespread presence of metabolic syndrome.
The production process of instant noodles that includes deep-frying makes noodles higher in saturated fat due to oil, which is leading risk factor for heart disease. Air-dried noodles take longer time to cook which makes them a healthier option than deep-fried noodles.
High in saturated fats
According World Health Organization (WHO) chicken noodles are one of the eight packaged food containing hidden saturated fats from tropical oils, which manufacturers used to improve the taste, texture and shelf life of various products.
A 2002 study published in DIabetologia reported LDL cholesterol levels, insulin sensitivity and abdominal levels enhanced in individuals who switch from saturated fats to polyunsaturated fats.
Although, any type of fat can increase the risk of obesity and heart disease, still the amount of fat may differ in different brands of instant noodles.
For instance, instant noodles fried in palm oil, lard or butter contain greater amount of saturated fats.
Therefore, if you still tend to consume instant noodles, please check the nutrition label of your favorite instant noodles package to know the exact content of saturated fats.
- High in salt
Instant noodles also belong in the group of Top 10 foods highest in sodium.
According to a 2014 study published in the American Journal of Hypertension, rich-dietary sodium consumption was the leading cause for increasing the death rates in 23 case studies and 274, 683 control trials.
Instant noodles are high in salt, as well as in sodium.
Excess dietary-sodium consumption can cause health problems such as high blood (hypertension) as well as heart disease, heart failure and strokes.
A 2001 study published in The American Journal of New Medicine, reported low levels of dietary sodium and reduced levels of blood pressure in hypertension patients who were given special diet including fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products.