Health risk of Ramen noodles

Ramen noodles have become a popular food in college students. However, being a popular dish ramen noodles has also been disparaged for its potential health risks.

“Ramen” always refers to “instant ramen” in many countries and so ramen noodles are also referred as instant noodles. Ramen noodles are dried or precooked noodles that fused with oil and frequently they are sold with a packet of flavoring. Ramen noodles are most popular in Japan and outside of Japan, China is the largest consumer of ramen while Indonesia is the second largest.

A new study has found that students who eat instant ramen noodles frequently are at greater risk of developing chronic diseases. College students who have poor nutritional habits could have long lasting health effects according to an Australian study. Students exacerbate their risk of developing chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer by consuming these types of foods. Ramen noodles are also high in sodium.

“There seems to be an acceptance out there that getting by on less nutritious food is a typical part of being a university student. But a diet of baked beans and instant noodles is not good enough when health and academic results are at stake,” said by Dr. Danielle Gallegos, who surveyed more than 800 university students along with Kai Wen Ong in Brisbane, Australia.

Nutritional facts of Ramen noodles:

Per 85g package

  • Fat: 12g
    • Saturated fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrate: 54g
    • Fiber: 1g
    • Sugars: 6g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Minerals
    • Sodium: 1960mg
    • Calcium: 2%
    • Iron: 12 %

Health risk of Ramen noodles:

Ramen noodles are very high in sodium as it is seen from the above nutritional facts. In extreme cases, some brands may have over 3,000 mg of sodium per package. In North America, producers of almost all kind of food tend to put a lot of salt in their recipes for better taste. High sodium levels in the body can cause many heart problems like high blood pressure and hypernatremia. Very high sodium levels in the body can lead to seizures and death.

Monosodium Glutamate is also present in the list of Ramen noodles’s ingredients. Glutamate acts as flavor enhancer in most instant-noodles packages and also in ramen noodles, but it is present only in the soup base. This additive is related with many health concerns like obesity, high tension, nausea and many other problems. Due to this health risks, the soup base which is present in the package is not allowed to use while preparing noodles. However, without soup base, taste is not better but it prevents many health risks.


9 Comments
  1. Liv Says:

    uhh….i admit – i love ramen! but me unaware abt it z health risk !!! now wht should i have to do?

  2. SARAH Says:

    MSG is a huge problem in the US and as a college student, it is hard to afford healthy food. I wish the makers of Ramen would update their recipies or make a Reduced Sodium option for us since it is so bad for your health.

  3. Thinker Says:

    Excuse me, I meant to type “neglects”. I suppose I should have proofread my comment.

  4. Sean Carter Says:

    This is some BULLL!!! My life surrounds these “instant noodles” now that ive heard that they are potential killers… SHAKING MY DAMN HEAD… i have nothing to live for now…

  5. Carolyn Lumpkin Says:

    I realize Ramen noodles are unhealthy from the stand point of high sodium levels and msg. But, not using the entire packet of seasoning would reduce this issue a little. Plus to increase the health factor I add things such as grilled chicken, fish or pork after noodles are cooked. While they are cooking I will add either frozen peas, broccoli, corn, or squash or fresh dices red pepper. Its a cheap easy meal. And if you think about it, its still better than fried anything, burgers, or cheese laden meals.

  6. Ray Says:

    i wish they wrnnt so unhealthy!
    I mean I’ve only eaten ramen TWICE……..The flavouring pack is the worst.
    And apperantly…..The noodles r filled with oil…. oh boy….
    Why japan!! why!!????? XD

  7. rico Says:

    i nothing to live for now…..noodles were my life…..maybe in the next life i will be a cat……

  8. Marrisa's Diary Says:

    Ramon noodles take 33 hours to process and are composed of 41% plastic. Why is that interesting fact always left out of every nutrition article I read?

  9. Chad Lewis Says:

    i ate 74 packs of ramen in under two weeks. i dont eat much anything else. I’m poor, and it fills the void. i was thinking i could eat ramen for substance and take vitamins for the nutrients im not getting. i usually eat 3-5 at once. i use 2 packets of flavor for every 3 packs of noodles. i strain it so its not soupy. how long can i keep this up?

    25years old
    used to do a lot of drugs (saying this meaning my body has been through the ringer
    i work a very heavy demanding job.
    i dont eat anything but beef ramen, franks red hot and Doritos Habenero chips crushed up in it.

    if you have any comments please email them to me directly.i doubt i will make it back to this site.

    thanks
    -Wick

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