Ramen Noodles: What Happens When An Individual Eats Them?

May 3, 2015

Instant noodles have recently been reported to be associated with type 2 diabetes, as well as cardiovascular disease, seen more in woman. This is a good reason to reevaluate why an individual should be eating instant noodles. The study was done by Dr. Braden Kuo of Massachusetts General Hospital.

In this study, scientist took a small camera the size of pill and placed in inside the stomach of an individual that had just eaten Ramen noodles. The camera allowed the scientist to see the digestive process. The results were astonishing. These noodles are very hard for the body to break down.

After two hours of the noodles being in the stomach, they were still intact. This is unusual when we eat foods. Homemade noodles are digested at a much quicker rate, so after two hours of eating these, there is barely anything left in the stomach.

The study does not state that these noodles are necessarily harmful for the body. More research will be needed on these noodles to determine this. If Ramen noodles are eaten, they should be eaten in moderation, as Dr. Kuo still enjoys them from time to time.
Do keep in mind that when the noodles stay in the digestive tract for this long, there is a strain on the digestive tract as it has to work harder. Add in the fact that Ramen noodles contain loads of preservatives and additives, so eating them constantly could have a negative impact on the body. One such preservative, Tertiary-butyl hydroquinone is used to extend the shelf life of the noodles.

However, this is linked to many different discussions of health. It is found in fast food, but can also be found in perfumes and cosmetics. In large doses, it is toxic to health. MSG is also found in these noodles, which helps to fatten up the body and may also cause damage to the nerve cells, or even cause death.


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