In those moments of late-night cravings, Ramen Noodles seem to be your lifeblood -- the key to survival and exactly what you need to keep going.
But according to a new study - they're killing you. OK, not necessarily, or not outright, but the research shows instant noodle products like Ramen can increase the risk of metabolic syndrome for women.
And metabolic syndrome can mean increased risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes, according to the Mayo Clinic.
We know it's not that healthy ... but it looks so good:
The study found women who ate instant noodle products more than twice a week were the ones in trouble.
The team behind the study explains one possible reason why women are more at risk here. The chemical BPA is used for packaging these noodles into Styrofoam containers. BPA has been reported to interfere with hormones such as estrogen.
The study focused on people in South Korea because the population there consumes an especially high amount of instant noodles, and the nation is also experiencing rising rates of heart disease.
And of course, instant noodles don't exactly have a reputation for being healthy in the first place. They've been called out in the past for high fat and salt content.
The doctor behind the study says he hopes this will lay down a foundation: "Many people are consuming instant noodles without knowing possible health risks."
So, for those of you making Ramen food porn on the Internet or just hitting "start" on your microwaves at 3 a.m., take heed. Though - that may be hard - because you might be drunk.
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