May 19, 2015

Time to Say Good Bye to Instant Noodles

Instant noodles? Just the name activates your salivary gland, isn’t it? Instant noodles have long been a popular meal option among students, bachelors, and even married people. Instant noodles are being loved for their convenience and low cost. Not in a mood to cook? Have instant noodles! Late night hunger pangs? Have instant noodles! These instant noodles have become integral part of our life. 

Food companies manufacturing these instant noodles target audiences with those heartwarming advertisements that you are ready to overlook the health effects these noodles have on your body. While you probably don’t consider them a health food, you may think they’re not that bad, or, at least, not as bad as eating a burger and fries or a deep fried food. 

Let us burst your bubble research studies suggest that these instant noodles may increase the risk for heart disease and stroke. And these studies also tell about how your stomach handles processed foods. When you eat these 2 minutes noodles (obviously it takes more than 2 minutes to cook) for starters it first puts strain in your digestive system which is forced to work for hours to break down this highly processed food ( most processed food lacks fiber, interfering with your blood sugar levels and release of insulin). 

When these so called 2 minute noodles remains in your digestive tract for such a long time, it will also impact nutrient absorption and has a long list of additives. This additive will likely remain in your stomach along with the seemingly invincible noodles, and may affect your health in the long run. 

 One of the study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that women who consumed more instant noodles had a significantly greater risk of metabolic regardless of their overall diet or exercise habits. Women who ate instant noodles more than twice a week were 68 percent more likely to have metabolic syndrome -- a group of symptoms such as central obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting blood sugar, elevated fasting triglycerides, and low levels of HDL cholesterol. This also increases your risk of developing diabetes and cardiovascular disease. 

 Eating instant noodles contributes little value to a healthy diet but are found high in unhealthy fats and sodium, just one package may contain 2,700 milligrams of sodium. Aside from a lot of sodium and the toxic preservative what else was found in a typical serving of instant noodles during the research? 

The monosodium glutamate (MSG) in instant noodles is reason enough to avoid them. It is an excitotoxin, overexcites your nerve cells to the point of damage or death, causing brain dysfunction and damage to varying degrees and potentially may cause diseases like Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease and more. In one of the study done on rats, it was found out that MSG is the perfect obesity drug. If you want to achieve your ideal body weight and health, avoid MSG at all costs. 

Recently the famous newspaper, Times Of India reported that the Lucknow Food Safety and Drug Administration has initiated inquiry and written to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in New Delhi seeking to cancel the licence for Nestle Maggi. The state regulator has also asked FSSAI to order sampling of the product from across the country to check quality, officials said. The samples collected in some parts of Uttar Pradesh were found containing added MSG and lead in excess. Such additives are said to be harmful for health, mainly for children. 

One cannot ignore these research studies after all Health Is Wealth, but Occasionally eating a package of instant noodles clearly won’t kill you, but when you make a habit of substituting convenience foods for real food, it’s only a matter of time before health problems will likely develop.  
Processed foods encourage weight gain and chronic disease because they’re high in sugar, fructose, refined carbohydrates, and artificial ingredients, and low in nutrients and fiber. Processed foods are addictive and designed to make you overeat; they also encourage excessive food cravings, leading to weight gain. 

Whether its Maggi, Top Ramen or any other brand just don’t go by their claims of healthy food, get yourself educated on these processed food, use common sense and eat wisely. Your loved ones health is in your hand!

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