|By Lizzy Adie.
Instant noodles, commonly known as Indomie are a popular food item not just in Nigeria, but in other parts of the world as well. It offers a quick and convenient way of satisfying hunger especially while traveling. While it could satisfy your hunger, it contains ingredients that could be quite contrary to your health.
Here are some reasons how instant noodles could be dangerous to your health.
Instant noodles contains subsances that reduces the body’s nutrient absorption ability from the food such as fruits and vegetables. This food has a negative effect on the digestion process. If you are consuming instant noodles and then eat healthy food later on, your body may not fully absorb the nutrient because the instant noodles that you eat can affect your digestion even after several hours of eating.
Contains Cancer – causing ingredients, aside from the chemical additives, instant noodles are also packaged in plasticizers and dioxin, which are cancer causing subsances that may leak in the presence of hot water.
Instant noodles are also high in sodium content thereby developing kidney stones and other kidney problems. According to the US RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance), the maximum sodium intake per day should only be 2,400mg. If you consume one cup of instant noodles, you are already consuming almost half daily intake of sodium.
Instant noodles are high in another form of sodium – MSG or Monosodium Glutamate. This double your risk of developing hypertension, heart disease and chronic kidney disease. Some people on the other hand are sensitive to MSG, they get headache , chest pain, or a burning sensation after consuming instant noodles. MSG has also been associated with other diseases including Cancer.
Instant noodles contains antifreeze, it uses Propylene Glycol, an antifreeze as Humectants which prevent noodles from drying out. It is absorbed by the body and accumulate in the liver, kidneys and the heart, which in time can cause damage.
Instant noodles are also low in nutritional value. They are not the best food you can feed your family with.
It is always good to think twice about what you feed your family especially your kids with . Don’t feed them with noodles which have low nutritional value and may give you numerous health risks.