Pros and cons of an instant Ramen diet

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Pros and cons of an instant Ramen diet

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Instant Ramen is a very popular food for teenagers and young adults with a budget. Even though instant Ramen can be very inexpensive, it’s not exactly the healthiest meal for someone constantly on the go.

Ramen is ridiculously high in sodium! A 2014 study conducted by Baylor University looked at over 10,000 South Koreans and found that people, especially women, who ate instant Ramen two or more times a week were more likely to have metabolic syndrome — that’s basically a list grouping risk factors such as high blood pressure and obesity that can ultimately lead to heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

At a crazy low cost, these packs are a wonderful quick and easy meal when you’re in a rush. Although, it’s been proven that long-term consumption of Ramen can put your health at extreme risks, an occasional bowl should be manageable, especially when paired with other smart food/snack choices.

You can also swap out part or all of the sodium-laden seasoning packet with real spices, fresh veggies, tofu, chicken, and other healthier ingredients, or make your own version from scratch with rice noodles and homemade broth.

Instant noodles also contain very high levels of Monosodium glutamate (MSG). It is a flavor enhancer, which does nothing to add to our health. Though glutamate is produced naturally in human bodies, any glutamate that is produced outside the body and used as food flavoring can cause learning disabilities, headaches, nausea, chest pains, and heart palpitations. The use of MSG is controversial, but pregnant women and children should certainly not consume it.

Though an occasional serving of instant noodles isn’t too harmful, the cons of eating instant noodles far outweigh the pros. A good practice whenever we might crave it and reach the shelf in the local grocery store is to remember that instant noodles are just flavors, so that we might limit our serving.

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