What Eating Instant Noodles Do to Your Stomach!
Everyone has that friend. The one who lived on nothing but ramen or instant noodles for a semester or two (or possibly all of college) and that was all they ate unless someone else was paying for the meal or they were at home because of room and supply costs. Is it possible that they have done themselves irreparable harm, simply by eating such a simple and easily accessible meal?
To start off, Ramen noodles contain TBHQ(Tertiary butylhydroquinone): a common chemical with antioxidant benefits. It is not natural. Only five grams of it is enough to be lethal, and it’s not lurking in just Ramen noodles. Other popular snacks and meals contain this chemical. While there has been incredible dispute over what a safe limit is (and chewing gum is allowed to have some of the highest levels of TBHQ), exposure to even one gram (not even half the lethal dose) can cause tinnitus (or a ringing in the ears) and a sense of suffocation. Other symptoms include: delirium, fainting, nausea and vomiting. More negative effects that come with prolonged exposure include liver damage, mutation, and reproductive complications.
So now we come to the point where you start to ask if there are any other reasons you should avoid this awesome and cheap food. There is, and it’s a shocker: we cannot digest it right! Dr. Braden Kuo did an experiment on what actually happens inside the digestive tract when Ramen noodles are eaten versus homemade noodles. It may start out the same way, but the results were amazingly unexpected.
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Dr. Kuo had his subjects swallow a pill that contained a camera. The camera recorded digestion. The Ramen stayed in the stomach longer because it was unable to be digested properly. The two hour and twenty minute mark from the cameras revealed this astonishing fact.
So what else contributes to the health issues associated with Ramen? Well, in June of 2012 six brands were said to have a cancer causing substance called Benzopyrene. Though it was in a small amount and not harmful, particular batches had much more than others and a recall was made.
Ramen noodles have also been linked to metabolic syndrome. Women who had Ramen twice a week or more often were significantly more at risk, even if a counterpart didn’t have a particularly healthy lifestyle and was only missing Ramen. This association does not show up in men, but gender differences seem to do that. However, because it is a processed food, it ranks high: high in fat, salt, and calories that is. With portion control and not eating it every day, some of Ramen’s dangers can be curbed.
While Ramen noodles alone have as much a chance of killing you as apple seeds would, it is worth keeping in mind these dangers of the processed food industry. If noodles are this bad, what is the future holding for us?