Ramen Noodles Can Kill You

Discussion in 'Good Eats' started by Bengal B, Aug 14, 2014.

  1. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

    Why Ramen Noodles Could Cut Your Life Short

    Holy hotplates! Instant ramen noodles, beloved cheap dinner of college kids and budget eaters everywhere, have been linked to heart attacks and diabetes. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that the ramen, along with other instant noodle products, may increase a person’s risk for cardiometabolic syndrome — a risk factor for severe cardiovascular disease and stroke — especially in women.

    “This research is significant since many people are consuming instant noodles without knowing possible health risks,” said lead researcher Hyun Joon Shin, MD, in a press release. Shin, a clinical cardiology fellow at Baylor University Medical Center and a nutrition epidemiology doctoral student at the Harvard School of Public Health, could not be reached for further comment.

    For the study, researchers looked at the data of 10,711 adults between the ages of 19 and 64, collected via the nationally representative Korean National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey of 2007-2009. They found that eating instant noodles — ramen, lo mein, glass, Thai, or other — twice or more a week was associated with cardiometabolic syndrome, a collection of abnormalities affecting the body’s cardiovascular, renal, and metabolic systems.

    Although the specific cause of the problem was not immediately clear, Shin noted that it might stem from the fact that most instant noodle meals come packaged in Styrofoam, which contains bisphenol A (BPA), a known hormone disruptor — which is also why women could have been more affected in this study. But the food product contains plenty of unhealthy ingredients, including MSG and the chemical preservative tertiary-butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), and is also high in saturated fat.

    The study focused on individuals in South Korea, Shin said, as the country has the highest per-capita number of instant noodle consumers in the world, and because, in recent years, health problems there, including heart disease and obesity, have been on the rise. But the findings appear to be quite relevant to consumers stateside too, as the United States ranked sixth globally in instant noodle sales, according to the World Instant Noodles Association, which found that the United States accounted for 4,300 billion units sold in 2013 (coming in just behind China, Indonesia, Japan, Vietnam, and India — and one spot above South Korea, in fact).

    This is not the first time ramen noodles have been publicly maligned. In 2012, a viral video taken from inside the digestive tract, part of a small and inconclusive study by Dr. Braden Kuo, showed just what happened after instant ramen was ingested — and it wasn’t pretty. The stomach worked overtime, struggling for hours to grind up the strands; TBHQ, a petroleum byproduct, was named as a possible culprit. Years earlier, Malaysian health officials issued a warning against eating instant noodles because of ingredients such as thickeners, stabilizers, sodium, and preservatives that have been linked to heart disease, stroke, and kidney damage.

    Nissin Foods, maker of the first instant ramen noodle in Japan in 1958 (and the company that brought Top Ramen to the U.S. in 1972), did not respond to a request for comment from Yahoo Health.

    The bottom line? Ingest the cheap and filling noodles at your own risk.
  2. shane0911

    shane0911 Veteran Member Staff Member

    I didn't read all that. Geez, they are high in sodium I know that much so I'm gonna guess that was the result of that dissertation.

    I like to tear up a slice of cheese and pour the hot water over the top of it. Yum Yum Yum!
  3. CajunlostinCali

    CajunlostinCali The Bionic Burro

    I like to eat the noodles raw, straight out tha package.
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  4. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

  5. red55

    red55 curmudgeon Staff Member

    I never thought ramen noodles were food. I ate some one time about 25 years ago and never considered it again.
  6. shane0911

    shane0911 Veteran Member Staff Member

    Cause you didn't put the cheese in it
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  7. shane0911

    shane0911 Veteran Member Staff Member

    Yeah thats hard core right there. He aint foolin me though, I know @CajunlostinCali has been to Korea and there is no doubt he has had that little fella on the bike roll him out some beef and cheese ramen with a korean pepsi at about midnight thirty after a night on the town.
  8. Bengal B

    Bengal B Founding Member

    Do you think that's where he ate the dog he mentioned on another thread? Maybe a little rotweiler thrown in with the ramen
  9. diamondheadtiger

    diamondheadtiger Founding Member

    They pronounce it "Romain Noodles" over here. :cool:
  10. StaceyO

    StaceyO Football Turns Me On

    I didn't know anybody ate Ramen noodles after college? I can understand why they are eaten in college, when their cheapness trumps everything else.

    The sodium content, alone, is enough to knock over a horse.
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