Ramen noodles have been a global phenomenon since the 1950’s, primarily due to little preparation, assorted yummy flavors, and low cost to the consumer (13 cents each on average).
But, recent studies reveal that eating these noodles comes at a huge price to your body.
In a groundbreaking experiment, Dr. Braden Kuo of Massachusetts General Hospital, uses a pill-sized camera to demonstrate what happens inside your stomach and digestive tract after you eat ramen noodles. What they found will astonish you!
Ramen Noodles Remain Intact After Hours of Digestion
In the video above, Dr. Kuo’s camera shows the inside of two stomachs; one full of pre-packaged ramen, and the other with fresh homemade noodles. Even after two hours of digestion, the pre-packaged noodles remained remarkably intact, more than the homemade ramen noodles used as a comparison. This could lead to health issues resulting from the added strain on your digestive system.
But what makes the noodles so hard on your body? Namely, the ingredients.
Ramen noodles are packed full of a long list of additives, including what could be a lethal dose of the toxic, tertiary butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ), a preservative that is a petroleum industry byproduct. Though often listed as an “antioxidant,” it’s important to note that it’s actually a synthetic chemical with antioxidant properties – not a natural antioxidant. The chemical prevents oxidation of fats and oils, thereby extending the shelf life of processed foods.
According to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives, exposure to just one gram of TBHQ can cause:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Sense of suffocation
They’re also incredibly high in sodium, calories and saturated fat.
According to the National Institutes of Health, ramen noodles have been linked to metabolic syndrome and other health problems, such as diabetes and stroke. The term “metabolic” refers to the biochemical processes involved in the body’s normal functioning. Risk factors are traits, conditions, or habits that increase your chance of developing a disease.
Processed foods such as ramen noodles 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 also encourage excessive food cravings, leading to weight gain.
Additionally, eating processed foods promotes insulin resistance and chronic inflammation, which are early tells of most chronic and/or serious diseases.
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