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The untold dangers of ramen noodles

The Untold Dangers Of Ramen Noodles

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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chefjohnp August 18 2014 at 7:52 AM

One day coffee is bad for you, the nest it is good! One day chocolate is great for your health, the next day, no good. Eating anything in moderation is a safe approach......what? Take it from a chef.

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happy2bgridfree August 18 2014 at 8:16 AM

The styrofoam is bad only if you microwave it. So .....

1. Remove the noodles from the styrofoam OR only use the noodles that come in the cellophane wrappers,.

2. The stuff that is "bad for you" is in the flavor packet. So, toss it. Cook your noodles in broth or use the sauce of your choice.

Personally, I think these "scare" studies are irresponsible. Many people on tight incomes or at the poverty level DEPEND on ramen noodles because they are cheap and filling.

Instead of telling people that they will "die a slow death" from eating this product, how about just informing them how they can consume them in a more healthy and nutritious manner?

For all intents and purposes, the ramen noodle in and of itself is just pasta. So, avoid the styrofoam and the MSG-laden flavor packets and you'll probably be fine.

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Linda happy2bgridfree August 18 2014 at 10:09 AM

There is more out there that will kill them before any package of Ramen noodles.

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cruisingroadrunner happy2bgridfree August 18 2014 at 11:14 AM

You can't trust the FDA, to political and there are foods, drugs, etc... that are harmful or even cause a major illness. The FDA knows about it MSG and the MSO. See who is one of the top FDA officials related to the DeSanto compnay

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alfredschrader August 18 2014 at 7:34 AM

Ramen noodles are basically pasta.
You don't have to make them according to the package instructions.
The tiny soup mix packet that comes with them contains MSG . Some people have reactions to MSG something to consider.
You can save the soup mix packet to make broth for something else, and simply boil the noodles like spaghetti
in salted water. Soon as the noodles become translucent, they're done.
Strain them in a collander, return them to the pot with a tab of butter and toss gently to keep them from drying out.
Put a portion onto your plate and top with a steaming hot sauce ragu made of tomato sauce, mushrooms, bell peppers, and Italian sausage.
Top with shredded mozzarella cheese. Serve.

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dal alfredschrader August 18 2014 at 8:15 AM

that kind of defeats the "not using the sodium loaded MSG packet" best to just eat whole wheat pasta with fresh basil and diced tomato and a small amount of olive oil.

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cruisingroadrunner August 18 2014 at 11:07 AM

Is there anything we buy or eat that will NOT kill us ?? It seem like every week or so some thing we are eating will cancer and other major illness. Why dose our government and the FDA allow food companies to use GMO !!!!!

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dal August 18 2014 at 8:11 AM

The long and short of it is the fact we have readily available foods like Ramen noodles is leading to a population of over fed diabetics with heart disease. If you eliminate all processed foods from your diet and try to eat only raw foods your health and physical shape would improve in short order.

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hattie54 dal August 18 2014 at 8:14 AM

Many are learning this now or trying to change their habits.

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hattie54 August 18 2014 at 7:13 AM

I ate this at lunch time for a few years.I always boiled it in a pan,not in the m w.I also loved the dry noodles on top of a salad,esp Chinese chicken salads.

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happy2bgridfree hattie54 August 18 2014 at 8:21 AM

When I was in college, we use to break the ramen "brick" in half, put it on a plate and melt chocolate on top in the microwave. EXCELLENT at 2am ................

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mhdjl happy2bgridfree August 18 2014 at 10:52 AM

Ramen has been a staple of college dorm life since the 70's.

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Randy August 18 2014 at 9:28 AM

What won't kill you ?

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steelebook Randy August 18 2014 at 10:33 AM

Spinach, broccoli, brussels sprouts, etc. . .

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happy2bgridfree steelebook August 18 2014 at 1:59 PM

I beg to differ. Spinach almost killed ME. Ecoli two years ago. Lost 8 lbs in four days .... and nearly my innerds.

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dexrmerritt August 18 2014 at 9:16 AM

I think everyone has had their fair share of ramen noodles..then we got jobs or graduated college...we gave them up after that...

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Gina August 18 2014 at 12:49 PM

Ramen used to have a low fat low sodium package but they don't sell it around here anymore. When I have a craving for Ramen noodles, I throw away the salt pack and use my own seasonings. At least this way I know I'm getting MAYBE 50 grams of salt vs 800!

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brianjchrist August 18 2014 at 11:35 PM

Aside from the styrofoam leaching BPA's, the seasoning packet is lethal/loaded with MSG! Alas, so many "food" products these days have undesirable "side-effects" much like the numerous medications that supposedly cure societies ever increasing ills! Lord have mercy...don't forget to say grace!

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