Instant noodles are the favorite food of many college students and workaholics, they’re delicious and easy to prepare and you’ve got yourself an instant meal in a matter of seconds. What’s more, many people believe instant noodles to be a better choice than let’s say a burger or fries and think they’re doing their body a favor when they opt for this meal.
However, Dr. Branden Kuo from the Massachusetts General Hospital is here to tell you otherwise and once you hear what he has to say you may not want to eat instant noodles again. He wanted to see what happens in our stomach when we eat noodles so he placed a small camera inside a patient’s stomach and waited to see the outcome. The video is rather shocking as two hours after the patient ate the noodles they’re still undigested in his stomach, which is quite worrisome. This actually puts a massive workload on your digestive system as it needs extra time to digest the food you’ve eaten.
The biggest problem with this is that noodles contain virtually no nutrients but are loaded with preservatives like tertiary butyl hydroquinone, which stays in your system for as long as the noodles do, and if they need 2-3 hours to digest this toxic compound wreaks havoc in the meantime.
5 Grams of TBHQ in Your System Can Have Fatal Consequences
Tertiary butyl hydroquinone or TBHQ is a byproduct of the petroleum industry but it’s known as an antioxidant. It’s not actually a natural antioxidant but a synthetic chemical which has antioxidant properties because it prevents oil and fats oxidation and prolongs the life of processed foods.
Many processed foods we love like the chicken nuggets from McDonald’s, Teddy Grahams or Reese’s peanut butter cups are loaded with TBHQ but the compound can also be found in varnishes, pesticide products, perfumes, lacquers and cosmetics as it makes them more stable by lowering the evaporation. According to the WHO this toxic substance is only safe for human use at a 0-0,5mg per kilogram of body weight, but the Codex Commission decided that an amount of 100-400 mg per kilogram of body weight can be safe as well depending on the food that contains it. For example, a chewing gum can have the highest amount of TBHQ and still be safe for human use.
The FDA doesn’t allow over 0,02% of its fat and oil percent in the US so there’s a discrepancy between what’s allowed for consumption and what’s safe for human use.
Despite what the FDA, WHO or the Codex Commission have to say, the best thing is to have little to no TBHQ in the food we eat. The Consumer Dictionary of Food Additives says that just 1gr. of TBHQ can lead to vomiting, nausea, delirium, tinnitus, a feeling of suffocation and eventually collapse.
It’s true that this toxic compound may not be a persistent toxicant and your body won’t accumulate it as it’s capable to eliminate it out of the system, but when we eat instant noodles TBHW stays in the system for much longer and can lead to serious damage.
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Instant Noodles are Linked to Metabolic Syndrome
The Journal of Nutrition revealed that women who ate noodles have a higher risk of metabolic syndrome. Moreover, the women who ate noodles for more than twice a week had a 68% higher risk of metabolic syndrome (hypertension, obesity, high blood sugar levels, low HDL cholesterol levels and high triglyceride levels).
Three or more symptoms of this disorder means that a person has a higher risk of developing diabetes or some kind of cardiovascular problem. Moreover, people who eat instant noodles on a regular basis usually lack some essential nutrients like protein, iron, calcium, potassium, vitamins A and C, niacin and many other.
The ‘Nutritional’ Profile of Noodles
Prevent Disease says that a package of dried noodles contains wheat, salt and palm oil while the flavor package has seasoning, salt, sugar and monosodium glutamate.
In June of 2012 the KFDA discovered that 6 popular brands of noodles had the cancer-causing substance Benzopyrene in their ingredients list and even though the KFDA stressed these amounts aren’t harmful there were certain problems in some noodles groups.
If what we said so far hasn’t convinced you to stop eating noodles maybe the MSG content will do the trick. Monosodium glutamate is a excitotoxin which has an over-exciting effect on your nerve cells, causing permanent damage and may have fatal consequences. MSG has been connected to learning disabilities, Alzheimer’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease and many other degenerative brain diseases. MSG also contains glutamic acid which affects your eyes, pancreas, nervous system and the brain as well. MSG has even been connected to obesity.
Improve your diet and start consuming fresh, whole foods
If you eat a box of noodles every now and then it won’t kill you, to be honest. But if you eat them every other day instead of a real, home-cooked meal you’re going to suffer the consequences which can be fatal. If you want to preserve your health and prevent health problems you need to avoid eating noodles and other processed foods as well as they all contains high amounts of sugar, fructose, refined carbs and many other artificial ingredients. Plus they’re stripped of all the nutrients and have virtually no beneficial ingredients.
Moreover, they cause an addiction and are made to make you crave for more, which eventually leads to weight gain and obesity. Processed foods lead to inflammation, insulin resistance and many other disorders. That’s why you need to avoid processed foods and start consuming more raw, wholesome foods, rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. Improve your diet and lifestyle if you want to preserve your health.
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