Harvard Studies Reveal the Dark Side of Instant Noodles

Nowadays, people are overwhelmed by many things in life that is why we sometimes prefer instant things even the food that we eat. It is easy to prepare and delicious for many.

We are aware that this is unhealthy but we tend to forget this for the sake of not wasting too much time preparing for food.

Instant noodles are often packed with seasoning and flavoring powder, and it has been criticized for its low nutrients but high in carbohydrates and fats. Despite of the criticisms, 97.7 billion instant noodles are consumed by 52 countries.

In the Journal of Nutrition, Harvard and Baylon University published a research that will let people be aware that consumption of instant noodles would greatly increase the risks of heart disease and stroke.

Eleven thousand South Koreans between ages 19 and 64 had their health analyzed by researchers. The study showed that due to the high amount of instant noodles consumed, South Korean woman were of a high risk of metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome is often attributed to an increase in blood sugar and blood pressure level, which leads to strokes. Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ) is the substance that contribute to metabolic syndrome which could often be found on instant noodles as it is a byproduct used to preserve cheap processed food.

Women who ate instant noodles twice a week or more had a higher risk of metabolic syndrome than those who ate less, or not at all.

Excessive instant noodle consumption can not only trigger obesity but also metabolic ailments like diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, heart problems and so on.

Harvard School of Public Health doctoral candidate and co-author of the study, Hyun Shin, said: “Although instant noodle is a convenient and delicious food, there could be an increased risk for metabolic syndrome given the food’s high sodium, unhealthy saturated fat and glycemic loads.”

Also, several health hazards was revealed because of harmful substances in instant noodles. In South Korea, it was found by authority that cancer-causing substance known as Benzo pyrene is present in six brands of noodles made by Nong Shim back in 2012.

The Nestlé’s Maggi brand instant noodles has been banned and were labeled as “unsafe and hazardous for human consumption in India because of the lead contamination found in it.

So if you’re in rush today and you want to make quiz food for lunch or dinner, think twice now!