These Noodles Are Linked To Chronic Inflammation, Weight Gain, Alzheimer’s And Parkinson’s

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These Noodles Are Linked To Chronic Inflammation, Weight Gain, Alzheimer’s And Parkinson’s

Written by: Sara Wylie

They’re known as a college staple. They’re super quick to make. They quench your hunger in a pinch. They’re super cheap.

They’re also one of the worst foods you could put in your body.

Ramen Noodles.

I know, I used to eat them too. They were a favorite meal of mine growing up. But now I wouldn’t touch the stuff with a 50 foot pole and I hope you wouldn’t either.

What’s The Deal With Ramen Noodles?

Dr. Braden Kuo of Massachusetts General Hospital used a pill-sized camera to see what happens in your digestive tract after you eat Ramen Noodles. Warning: the results might trigger your gag reflex a little…

In the video above, it shows how the Ramen Noodles remain in-tact in your stomach for over two hours, which means they don’t break down or get digested properly. This explains why these noodles may seem to satisfy your hunget initially, but in the long-run this actually indicates several health threatening issues.

What Is The Problem? 

For one thing, food hanging out in your system for too long can cause strain on your digestive tract, forcing it to work extra hard to break down the fibers and process it. It also hinders nutrient absorption, though Ramen Noodles really have little to no nutrients to mention. Instead, your body is just taking on a ton of additives and artificial ingredients and above all, the toxic preservative known as tertiary butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ).

The Dangers Of TBHQ

TBHQ is usually listed as an “antioxidant,” but in reality, nothing about this element is natural. It is a synthetic chemical that has antioxidant properties. It is used in foods to prevent oxidation, meaning using it as an ingredient increases shelf life. This ingredient can also be found in popular snack foods such as Cheez-It crackers, Wheat Thins, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and more.

Though TBHQ has been approved as safe for consumption in small doses by the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives, there’s some discrepancy about how much of it is actually safe. For instance, the Codex commission set the maximum limit for it between 100 and 400 mg/kg, depending on the food it’s included in, while the Food and Drug Administration says that it must not exceed 0.02 percent of its oil and fat content.

Regardless of consumption rates though, it has been shown that 5 grams or more of TBHQ can be lethal. Consuming too much of this element has been known to cause symptoms such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tinnitus (ringing in ears)
  • Delirium
  • Feelings of suffocation
  • Random collapse

 

While your body is capable of ridding itself of this toxicant, frequently consuming Ramen Noodles (and other foods that contain TBHQ) can become overwhelming for your body to deal with and lead to consistent toxic exposure, which has been shown to lead to more concerning health issues, such as:

  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Low levels of HDL cholesterol
  • Nutrient deficiency
  • Excess intake of fats, sodium and energy

 

Experiencing three or more of these symptoms can ultimately lead to health issues such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Needless to say, the risks of consuming too much health-damaging TBHQ should be enough to keep you away from Ramen Noodles. But unfortunately, that’s not the only risky ingredients in those favored noodles.

Other Unsafe Ingredients Found In Ramen Noodles:

  • Benzopyrene – Another element that has been found to be carcinogenic (cancer-causing).
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) – An excitotoxin that overexcites your cells to the point of nerve damage or death, which can ultimately cause brain dysfunction and other brain degenerative diseases.
  • Glutamic Acid – An element of MSG that is the same that your brain and other parts of your body use to initiate certain processes. MSG is also used to fatten up mice for scientific experimentation, meaning it makes a great fattening drug. It’s not natural for your body to have so much of it in your system.

 

Ultimately, nothing about Ramen Noodles does your body any good and in the long-run cancels out any possible health quality it could provide you. Not to mention it could eventually lead to or contribute to disease and brain degeneration.

What Can You Do Instead? Forget About Ramen Noodles

Ramen Noodles are one of many types of processed foods that should be avoided in your diet. Consuming too much processed food in general has been linked to triggering chronic inflammation, unwanted cravings, weight gain, chronic disease and other dangerous health concerns.

The best thing you can do for yourself and your health is develop a healthy diet filled with fresh, whole, organic foods that haven’t been processed or coated in chemicals and toxins. Find foods you enjoy and eat them instead of sabotaging your health with things like Ramen Noodles and other processed foods.

In the meantime, if you need a great, completely healthy Ramen Noodle alternative, check out this delicious and fun recipe!

What tips do you have for dropping the Ramen and switching the healthier options? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

Sara Wylie

Sara Wylie

Editorial Intern at Fitlife.tv
Sara Wylie resides in Utah where she is currently working as an Editorial Intern for Fitlife.tv while also pursuing a career in writing. She hopes that through her words and fiery passion, she will be able to not only inspire others to seek out and nourish their own passions, but to also help others feel what it’s like to truly be alive.
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